It is located after the main entrance of the park, nearby the stone remains of an apsidal building of the Late Bronze Age. It has a timber frame, stone foundations and upper mud walls of wattle and daub according to the “cob” technique. The roof is covered with reeds and the floor is made of small rounded pebbles.
Its size and ground plan was inspired from a small oval building of the 8th century B.C., which was excavated at the site of Krania, on the hill of the castle of Platamonas. The small geometric residence, initially apsidal and later oval, had stone – built foundations and upper walls possibly of mudbricks. lt also might had a thatched roof with reeds or rushes on a wooden frame. At the center, two abutting hearths were situated, along with a burial without any offerings, which was disrupted in the early Christian period. However, part of the deceased was covered by an untouched destruction layer of the 4th century B.C., and of the geometric building itself. Indications of heroization and worship were not detected.
As many other settlements of the same period, Krania site was destroyed violently in the late 8th century B.C. and then was abandoned. The inhabitants had contacts with other Greek regions, especially Euboea, eastern Aegean and Corinth, wherefrom they introduced their finest houseware. It΄s not clear what they gave in return, but if we think the needs in shipbuilding of the period, the timber from Olympus would be an important exchange.
Apsidal and oval buildings have been discovered since the depths of time in our land (Bronze Age) and they are also known in the region of Mount Olympus in Macedonia, at least since the Mycenaean period, like the adjacent example which was transferred from Rema Xydias (Platamon). Elliptical buildings survived in Greece until the recent years, through Sarakatsani and other tribes.
Written by: Effie Poulaki Pantermali