Ancient tower Throni

The ancient tower at Throni plain
The ancient tower at Throni plain
Aerial photo of the ancient tower
Aerial photo of the ancient tower

A Hellenistic fortification on the Throni plain

The ancient entrance to the Throni tower
The ancient entrance to the Throni tower

On the plateau Throni near Methana there is the rather well preserved remains of an Hellenistic watchtower.

The tower was first described in 1912 by the German archaeologist Michael DEFFNER

If one has ascended from the seaside resorts of Methana, the ravine north west of the location and enters the intercolline plateau Throni, one can see on the right a small dedicated to Saint George's Church. A little above this, you will discover the hidden ruins of a Hellenistic fortification, from which even the entrance and on three sides, the walls have been preserved to a height of 1.5-2m. The south east side, where the door is, is 8,14m long, the south-west side exactly 8m, the north-west side 8,22m and the north-east side was almost as long. The latter is destroyed to its foundations, the polygonal blocks consist of two layers with a thickness of just one meter.
1.25m from the corner of the south-eastern side there is the gateway, which I found completely filled up by red trachyte square block and small stones. I did remove all to clear the door and be able to examine them from the inside.

Otherwise you could not get in the building, because is completely full of boulders that have been thrown there, to clean the surrounding farmlands. Also the ashlars may be belonging to the building. A trachyte block of 1.96m length, 0,62m width and height 0,48-0,50m forms the lintel. The distance between him and the threshold is outside 1,81m and 1,90m inside. The door jambs are formed by three square, of which the upper 0,62m, 0,55m in the middle and the bottom are 0,64m high. The door was locked from the inside by two crossbars, for which in the middle blocks of both sides two holes are carved (H 0, 1 1 m, Br. 0.06M-0.07M, right quite consistently, left deep 0.07M) , In the upper block of the right side a recess of width 3cm and 7cm height for a small bar of metal is hewn, also provided for the doors.
Whether the building was divided into two or more chambers, could not be determined due to the filling of rocks and pebble.
When I was there a few months later and went to this building, whose front part now the mayor had cleaned of the fieldstone at my expense, I stated that it was divided into two chambers, by a wall were separated from 0,49m, and of which the other was a 2,18m 3,38m wide. While clearing away the stones from the doorway to many pieces of broken tiles were found. An actual floor has not shown yet. Excavations on the plateau Throni would be worth certainly. It must have been densely populated in ancient times, as apart from the Throne lying there and just discussed building and apart from the circumstance that all the fields of ancient pottery sherds are strewn around. "