Since 1998 I have been studying the pre-Mycenaean phases of the hill of Koukounaries in Paros, excavated by Prof. D. Schilardi. Koukounaries is a high and naturally fortified hill at the bay of Naousa, close to the well known touristic swimming beach of Kolymbithres. Although the Mycenaean occupants have leveled out the older building phases to establish their own structures, enough Neolithic and Early Bronze Age evidence has been preserved both within the disturbed underlying deposits, as well as in those plateaus of the hill which have been left unoccupied by later building activity.
The Neolithic populations have established perishable structures supported by post and rubble walls in the 5th and 4th millennia BC. They used dark polished ceramic vessels, some of which have preserved traces of red crust put on surface in a post-firing stage. Most pots are open bowls, deep cups and small jars and bear typical Neolithic incised and roped ornaments, as well as a big variety of lugs.