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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
Because the small ancient community was topographically associated
with Halai Araphenides, now securely placed in the environs of Loutsa, it is thus
certain that Araphen was on, or near, the E coast of Attika, and therefore reasonable
to assume that the modern port of Raphina has inherited not only the name of the
site, but also its general location. A prehistoric settlement has been excavated
2 km to the S at Asketario, a promontory particularly rich in material from the
Early Bronze Age, which emphasizes the close connection at that time between B
Attica and the Cyclades. The place of the Classical deme, however, can no longer
be studied, since modern development has resulted in the loss of all traces of
the historic remains reported by explorers in the 19th c. These vestiges were
centered for the most part a little more than 1 km from the shore within the valley
of the Megalo Revma on its N side, but a few were also noticed at the mouth of
the river itselt Among these traces of the Classical settlement were the foundations
of a structure sufficiently large that it was reported to be either a temple or
a public building.
C.W.J. Eliot, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites,
Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Sep 2002 from
Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.
Located on a small harbour, is the town of Rafina. On its height (Askitarion) there is an Early Helladic village of the third millennium B.C.
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