Dispilio (Greek: Δισπηλιό) is a village near Lake Orestiada, in the Kastoria regional unit of Western Macedonia, Greece.[1] Near the village is an archaeological site containing remains of a Neolithic lakeshore settlement that occupied an artificial island.[2]

The Neolithic Settlement of Dispilio, on lake Orestiada
The Neolithic Settlement of Dispilio, on lake Orestiada
Geographic region Macedonia
Administrative regionWestern Macedonia
Regional unitKastoria
Municipal unitMakednoi
620 m (2,030 ft)
 • Total1,186
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


The lake settlement was discovered during the dry winter of 1932, which lowered the lake level and revealed traces of the settlement. A preliminary survey was made in 1935 by Antonios Keramopoulos. Excavations began in 1992, led by George Chourmouziadis, professor of prehistoric archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The site's paleoenvironment, botany, fishing techniques, tools and ceramics were published informally in the June 2000 issue of Επτάκυκλος, a Greek archaeology magazine and by Chourmouziadis in 2002. A recreation of the lake dwellers' settlement has been erected near the site to attract tourists from Greece and abroad.[3]

The site appears to have been occupied over a long period, from the final stages of the Middle Neolithic (5600-5000 BC) to the Final Neolithic (3000 BC). A number of items were found, including ceramics, wooden structural elements, seeds, bones, figurines, personal ornaments, flutes and a wooden tablet with markings on it, the Dispilio Tablet.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Δισπηλιό ΚΑΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ, Δήμος ΚΑΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ | buk.gr". buk.gr (in Greek). Archived from the original on 2014-08-24. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  2. ^ James Whitley, "Archaeology in Greece 2003-2004", Archaeological Reports, No. 50 (2003, pp. 1-92), p. 43.
  3. ^ "Ο Λιμναίος Οικισμός Δισπηλιού". Ιστορικά Καστοριάς (in Greek). 2010-11-17. Archived from the original on 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2022-01-14.

Further readingEdit

  • G. H. Chourmouziadis, ed., Dispilio, 7500 Years After. Thessaloniki, 2002.
  • G. H. Chourmouziadis, Ανασκαφής Εγκόλπιον. Athens, 2006.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Dispilio (Kastoria) at Wikimedia Commons
  • Dispilio: The Lakeshore Prehistoric Settlement of Greece from greekreporter.com (in English)
  • Neolithic Lake Settlement of Dispilio from greek-crossroads.gr (in Greek)
  • Dispilio Excavations Official Website, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece
  • Dispilio, Exhibition of prehistoric finds from museumsofmacedonia.gr (in English)
  • The excavation's journal, Anaskamma, is available at anaskamma.wordpress.com
  • The Neolithic Settlement of Dispilio from istorikakastorias.blogspot.com (in Greek)

Coordinates: 40°28′50″N 21°17′15″E / 40.48056°N 21.28750°E / 40.48056; 21.28750