Closer to the village, at Katovigli near the church of the Dormition of the Virgin, Roman remains 'have been unearthed. Pendlebury (BSA XXXIII p. 100) had already noted the existence of a Roman settlement here. Excavations begun ίπ 1977 and not yet completed, have shown that there were indeed large domestic establishments here, datable from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD, but it is not possible at this stage ίπ the excavations to draw too definite conclusions. One room after another has been discovered and the whole excavation so far, covers an area of roughly half an acre. The general arrangement of the rooms surrounds an open court. Doorways with thresholds of porous stone open onto the court.
Also found was a burial room ίn which the main tomb was built up. An apsidal opening with the presence of ash in the vicinity was at first thought to be an ονen; but it led to the discovery in 1980 of an impressive bath-house, and so presumably should be regarded as the furnace of the hypocaust system (which was also found). Another interesting discovery was a horseshoe-shaped open-air cistern or bathing ροοl (piscina) - outside dimensions 3,90m x 3,15m into which descend marble-faced steps. Possibly it was just an aquarium for aquatic birds, something like the artificial ornamental pools found today. Α large mosaic floor with geometrical designs to the west of the ροοl adds to its splendour.
It should be noted that a great many marble slabs of different colours and thicknesses were found. These are of good quality marble skilfully worked, and were used to face the floors and walls, as can be seen from many which were found ίπ Situ. Water pipes and open channels carried water from cisterns to the buildings and gardens. The almost complete absence of movable finds and architectural members from such a wealth of ruins is surprising. The site must have been systematically looted, perhaps by pirates ίπ the Byzantine era, and others more recently.
The excavations continue under the direction of Ν.Ρ. Papadakis.