KATO MERA Ierapetra - 2006
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Ministry of Culture & Tourism (13th ΕΒΑ)
Ierapetra wall (Kato Mera). M. Mari (13th EBA) reports on the restoration (in 2000-2006) of a 160m long stretch of the Byzantine town wall near the sea, including a gate and a tower (Fig. 1). While Early Byzantine connections are strong, there is clear evidence for a Roman predecessor. The wall is preserved in places to 2.3m high, and is generally 1.6m deep; the gate is 5.5m wide and the tower is semicircular in plan. The building is in opus incertum mixtum. Two broad phases may account for the three main components of the structure: the gate and tower are the oldest, dating back to the second to fourth century AD, and the west and east stretches of walling belong to the fourth to sixth century AD, the west being slightly earlier (Figs 2-7). Parallels in Early Byzantine fortifications at Nicopolis and Thessaloniki are noted.
AEK 1 (2010), 211-22
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