An excavation was carried out for the fifth year in a row in the area of Hiliomodi, Corinthia, with Dr Elena Korka, General Director of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture heading an interdisciplinary team from the Ministry and universities. The six-week excavation built on the one of 2016, which had first brought to light the remains of an ancient city and a two-compartment over-ground burial monument from Roman times. The excavation cuts made on the perimeter of this monuments confirmed the use of the site from Archaic to Roman times.
Fourteen tile graves were uncovered, many of which contained several burials and offerings from the 1st to the 4th c. AD.
A complex of edifices was found underlying the Roman monument and graveyard, with major in-situ finds—tiles and vessels from Archaic to Roman times—and an important concentration of pyres. To the north of the underground space a Hellenistic wall was uncovered with sturdy foundations, two more walls fro the same period, pottery from Hellenistic times and the figurine of a dove. In a third, later Hellenistic phase the walls had been dug out to take new burials; five monolithic sarcophagus tombs were found, complete with rich offerings.
Standing out among these is a female burial with precious offerings—a bronze wreath with myrtle leaves and fruits, a gold ring, a flute and fusiform plates made of bone, a bronze mirror, a gold danake from a Sikyon coin—as well as many other offerings from the other graves: scent holders, forks, lamps, skyphoi, coins. East of this site, at the point of the foundation base, there were more than one burials one of which was found to contain a large number of Hellenistic scent holders.
The clearing of the Roman burial monument revealed one archaic capital and several Hellenistic architectural elements which were subsequently used in the foundations of the Roman edifice.
The finds from the Hellenistic structures underlying the Roman burial monument suggests that their use was linked to rituals. The wealth of finds confirms the historical and cultural continuity of Tenea, the main town in the Tenean valley and a strategic point along the way from Argos to Corinth. The participation of students from Greek and foreign universities and the provision of educational programmes for local schoolchildren add extra value to an already important archaeological project which is supported by the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation as part of its drive to showcase the continuity of Greek civilisation and provide training opportunities for young people.