Agora Report: 2015 Excavations
Title:   Agora Excavations
Season Summary 2015
Author:   John McK. Camp II
Abstract:   Excavations were carried out in three areas: in Byzantine levels over the Painted Stoa in Section ΒΘ; at the north end and beneath the Classical Commercial Building in Section ΒΖ; and in Section ΟΟ in the old excavations. It was a varied and productive season with material dating from the 14th century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.
In Section ΒΘ, the exploration of the Byzantine settlement from the late 11th century A.D. continued. In one of the several pithoi found, the foundations for the third interior Ionic column of the Painted Stoa can be seen.
In Section ΒΖ, the collapsed Mycenaean chamber tomb found last season was completely cleared. In the area of the entrance to the grave, a well of the early Archaic period was discovered. Nearby, a shaft, cut within deep deposits of Classical fills, produced a large amount of marble chips. The shaft was not completely excavated this season. West of the shaft, in late Archaic fill, another well was encountered. Within the Classical Commercial Building, another ritual pyre was discovered. It dates to ca. 375 B.C. Unusual for this pyre is a red figure cup, normally not seen amongst the pyre pots. Below floor levels in Room 5 of the building, under Geometric fill, a Mycenaean pit grave was encountered, containing few pots, some beads and a skeleton of a young male.
In Section ΟΟ, an area north of the State Prison was cleared with the aim to retrace and map Geometric burials and Archaic and 4th century B.C. houses found during earlier excavations. A pit was discovered and numerous black-glazed vessels of the 4th century B.C. were retrieved from it.
Date:   8 Jun-31 Jul 2015
Section:   ΒΘ
Keyword:   Checked
References:   Report Pages (10)
Images (15)
Notebook: ΟΟ-17
Notebook: ΟΟ-27
Notebook Pages (39)