Agora Deposit: D 16:6
Title:   Pyre in Cut in E-W Street
Category:   Pyre
Description:   Pyre in cut in E-W street, layer 7 (Pyre 14). North edge of Piraeus street, west of the Great Drain Bridge, in the area west of Areopagus.
Pottery, a little burnt bone, and patches of charcoal in shallow, roughly rectangular pit in stratigraphic sequence. The pyre was uncovered in digging a thin layer rich in marble chips. Cinders were found spread through layer 7 beyond the shallow pit, demonstrating that they were somewhat dispersed before the pit was covered over by that layer. The excavator interpreted the successive thin layers of marble chips as road-building material. Possibly, however, marbleworking took place just outside a house to the north, against the wall of which these layers run. hardened earth beneath the pyre indicates burning in situ. The pottery shows signs of burning.
Contents:   Organic material:" a minimum of bits of burned bone".
Notes:   Cf. Lot ΠΠ 246, over saucer grave.
Bibliography:   Hesperia Suppl. 47 (2013), no. 52, p. 165, figs. 67, 100.
    Hesperia 20 (1951), p. 130, pl. 54 b (Pyre 14).
    Agora IV, p. 236.
    Agora XXIX, p. 443.
Chronology:   250-240 B.C.
Date:   22 June 1949
Section:   ΠΠ
References:   Publications (4)
Publication Pages (6)
Image: 2013.09.0015
Object: L 4631
Object: P 20256
Object: P 20257
Notebook: ΠΠ-11
Notebook Page: ΠΠ-11-85 (pp. 2160-2161)
Notebook Page: ΠΠ-11-86 (pp. 2162-2163)