Agora Report: 2021 Excavations
Title:   Athenian Agora
Excavation Summary for 2021
Author:   John McK. Camp II
Abstract:   Excavations continued in sections ΒΖ and ΒΘ in and under the Classical Commercial Building, the Painted Stoa, and the orthostate enclosure suggested to be the Leokoreion.
In section ΒΖ the goal was to find out more about the later Archaic remains, perhaps houses or shops, underlying the Classical building. Pottery of the 8th century B.C. and the discovery of another well suggest that the area was used for habitation in the Iron Age after centuries as a burial ground. A number of ostraka were found in Persian destruction fills, and a fragment of a small gravestone of the 4th century, probably of a slave, was discovered.
In Section ΒΘ West, two trenches were opened to examine part of the floor of the Stoa Poikile beneath the late Byzantine houses. In the western trench, fragments of a Roman inscription were found. In the area further east, rubble walls of the late Roman period and other disturbances have destroyed most of the original stoa floor.
In Section ΒΘ East, three new inscriptions were revealed on the sides of the large statue base built into the Roman tank. The statue which stood on the base was probably of some importance. The inscriptions on all three blocks in the enclosure suggest that their original location was in an nearby area in the care of the tribe Leontis, the Leokoreion.
Date:   14 Jun-6 Aug 2021
Section:   ΒΖ
References:   Report Pages (12)
Deposit: K 1:5