Agora Report: 2007 Excavations
Title:   Preliminary Report on the 2007 Excavation Season
Author:   John McK. Camp II
Abstract:   Excavation continued this year in the sections ΒΖ, ΒΗ and Γ.
In Section ΒΖ South, two areas were investigated: the north-south road and the areas west of the road. In the road, hard-packed gravel surfaces were taken out, and the later water supply lines, one of terracotta and two of lead, were fully exposed. More of the deep street drain and another subsidiary channel entering it from the west, were cleared. All these channels were in use in the 4th or 5th centuries A.D. To the west, Hellenistic and Classical levels were excavated, and a pyre buried under a floor was exposed, dating to the late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.
In Section ΒΖ North, mostly Classical and Hellenistic levels in and behind the Classical commercial building were excavated. More of its eastern back wall was exposed, along with several cross-walls. It seems to have been a building of at least six rooms/shops set side-by-side along the street. A draw-shaft and part of the tunnel of a Hellenistic cistern complex was found outside the building to the east. The tunnel may lead to a collapsed cistern located within the building itself.
In Section Γ, the excavation of the building identified as the Strategeion continued. Well preserved floor levels in the eastern part of the building were excavated, including a pit full of marble chips overlying a pit filled with several amphorae. Excavation in other fills went down to late 8th and early 7th centuries B.C. Further east, the exploration of a series of small irregular buildings started.
In Section BH, the last of the 10th/11th century walls and other Byzantine installations were cleared and excavation continued into late Roman fills. More of the back wall of the presumed Stoa Poikile was found. The new parts consist of two adjacent orthostate blocks from the outer face of the back wall of the building and a limestone unfluted column shaft in the interior Ionic column of the stoa.
Date:   13 Jun-3 Aug 2007
Section:   Γ
    ΒΖ
    ΒΗ
Grid:   F/3,H/6-3/5,14/5
    L/14,M/2-2/12,3/1
    J/8,20-1/11,2/6
    I/19,J/9-1/16,2/15
Elevation:   50.398-54.005m.
Masl:   0-54.005m.
Keyword:   Checked
PDF:   2007 Excavations.pdf
References:   Report Pages (9)
Images (116)
Object: A 5161
Object: MC 1769
Deposit: F 13:5