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the delegations for meetings of the Achaean League. The building H (26.30 x 29 m.), it is also built around a porch, has five rooms on each side along the east and west sides, and two on each side along the north and south sides, for a total of fourteen. On the north side,overlooking the sacred way, there were maybe one or two decentralized entrances which gave access to the courtyard. The rooms of equal size (4.74 x 4, 75 m.) hosted, according to interpretation, seven klinai everyone and the whole structure acted as a great Hestiatorion (banquet hall), a hypothesis confirmed by the many artifacts found during excavation, ceramic tableware and kitchenware. The structure is compared with the building for banquets found at the Heraion of Argos. Proceeding further along the sacred way on the right side the building B shows itself. The structure consists of a square room implanted in the sixth century BC, which could be the oldest place of worship dedicated to the divinity. In the bottom of the cell surfaced a base of limestone blocks that perhaps held the cult statue or a table for offerings. After the founding of the main temple the building was reused as Tesauros, and not demolished, in fact on the front side has emerged part of the street whose foundation is dated back to the early fifth century BC, and it arises in respect of the older structure. Inside the abandoned environment the remains of the treasure of the goddess have been found, among which the splendid archaic bronzes (Gorgon, Sphinx and Siren), produced in the motherland, and an unusual offer is made by a Nuragic boat of sardinian origin.The most exciting finding consist of a gold diadem dating from the sixth century BC,with a double-braid embossed pattern,on which were applied to the IV century BC twigs with leaves and berries of myrtle.Behind the building B,in divergent position with the sacred road,stands the largest temple or temple A. (the way

runs North-East Southwest, while the temple is perfectly oriented according to the East-

West).Few are the remains of the structure, in fact,in addition to the aforementioned column, 8.30 m high. and the portion of the stylobate below it, the rest is rebuilt thanks to the trenches made by laborers, especially in the Aragonese period, when the blocks and the elevation of the foundation were used in the construction of the castle and the old pier of the port of Crotone.The current phase dates to the early decades of the fifth century BC and there is no news of previous steps since the foundations are torn out by the quarrying activities.The temple made of limestone had a peristyle with six Doric columns on the facades and, uncertainly, 13 or 15 on the long sides. The cell was probably tripartite in prònao naos e opistòdomo.The rest of the decorations are still some fragments of the Doric frieze, and numerous fragments of roof tiles. The peculiarity of this temple is its marbletiled roof, dismantled in 174 BC by the censor Fulvius Flaccus, to be brought to Rome. Once the tiles have arrived in the capital no one knew more as reinstalling them and the senate opted for the refund to the divinity, offended by the subtraction of its roof, but now no one was able to rebuild


Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project  
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