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Regional unit : Korinthia

Archaia Nemea (Αρχαία Νεμέα) Korinthia

Archaia Nemea (Greek: Αρχαία Νεμέα, "Ancient Nemea", before 1958: Κουτσομόδι - Koutsomodi, or also Ηράκλειον - Irakleion[1]) is a village about 27 km southwest of Corinth in Greece named after the nearby ruins of the ancient town of Nemea. The old name of this place was Koutsoumadhi and Iraklion. At the 2011 census, it had 559 inhabitants.

There is an ancient Sanctuary of Zeus nearby and very early Neolithic skeletal remains have been discovered in the region.[2]

"The Sanctuary of Zeus and the site of Tsoungiza (as well as the modern and 19th century villages of Archaia Nemea and Koutsomodi, respectively) are located at the head or southern end of the small Nemea Valley through which flows a small river. This end of the valley is enclosed by a ring of low hills which form a water catchment that supplies the river. The hills continue to the north flanking the valley on either side. Less than two kilometers from the head of the valley it narrows, and the river cuts deeply into the valley floor and runs down to the Corinthian Gulf."[3]

References

Name changes of settlements in Greece
Wright, James C., 1982, ‘Excavations at Tsoungiza (Archaia Nemea)’, Hesperia, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1982), pp. 375-397.[1]
Wright, James C., 1982, ‘Excavations at Tsoungiza (Archaia Nemea)’, Hesperia, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1982), p. 377. [2]

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