The Northeast

Two kilometres east of Naousa is the base of a cylindrical Hellenistic tower (reached by two successive first-left branches off the main road after it turns south to Marpisa). Known locally as ‘Palaiopyrgos’, the tower stands to almost 2m in height, with four courses of regular 4th century bc, trapezoidal masonry which are well preserved. The position has not been chosen for strategic surveying of the coast or sea routes, and its purpose on a low eminence in the middle of an open fertile area must have been related to the protection of the surrounding agricultural land and activity. To the southeast are the foundations of a wall of the same period, suggesting that the tower may have been the centre of a farmstead. To the south, a plain of grain fields, dotted with oaks, stretches as far as the twin Kephalos hills which sweep to conical summits above the coast. To the north, the beetling promontory of Viglakia has subsided in recent geological history, leaving its irregular shape surrounded by detached islets. A prehistoric settlement, clearly surrounded by a wall, is still visible on the islet of Oikonomou to the west of the neck of the peninsula, while at Filitzi island on the eastern side there are the ruins of another ancient settlement.

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