Agora Report: 1991 Excavations
Collection:   Agora
Type:   Report
Name:   1991 Excavations
Title:   Report on Excavations in the Athenian Agora 1991
Author:   T. Leslie Shear, Jr.
Abstract:   This is a report on the archaeological field work conducted in the Athenian Agora during the period from December 1990 to December 1991. The actual excavation period was preceded by the demolition of a newly acquired building.
Excavations continued in the areas along the north side of Hadrian Street (sections ΒΖ and ΒΗ) and was started in the new area on Hastings Street (section ΒΕ).
The most important results of the season's field work concern the topography on the north side of the Agora. It was possible to explore a section of the Eridanos River which passes through the Agora in a great masonry tunnel covered by large slabs. It became clear that the Stoa Poikile was laid out to follow the coarse of the river. The close relation of the two structures suggest that the river was canalized at the same time as the foundation of the stoa was laid.
Work continued west of the Stoa Poikile in the area of the early Roman temple which was added to the Sanctuary of Aphrodite Ourania in the Augustan period. South of the sanctuary, at the edge of the Panathenaic Way, two complete stelai, used as cover slabs over a small drain, were discovered.
The third mayor area excavated was just north of the Stoa Poikile. This new area revealed the Byzantine phases of a building just behind the stoa. The walls of the building follow the orientation of the Classical commercial building on the site.
Date:   10 Jun-9 Aug 1991
Section:   ΒΕ
Keyword:   Checked
References:   Report Pages (12)