Petrota and its Stones

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A yellow spot (center) indicates the location of the Petrota graben in this satellite image of the Balkan peninsula and neighboring areas.

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The Petrota Graben

The Petrota graben, an area c. 100 sq. km in Greek Thrace, is rich in sources of siliceous rocks suitable for the manufacture of stone tools. Some of the sources were exploited in prehistory, from the Middle Palaeolithic on.

The area has been under archaeological exploration since 1998. The information you find in these pages is based on the first five seasons of fieldwork, until 2005. It is likely to change drastically as fieldwork and study of the material continue.