ATHENS - 2002
Hydraulic installation - Architectural revetments - Numismatics - Hearth/Kiln/Oven - Residence - Cistern - Pipe/drain - Road system/waterway
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Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Γ' ΕΠΚΑ
Amalias Avenue. Th. Kyriakou (Γ’ ΕΠΚΑ) reports on excavation in preparation for the laying of a tram line in the area of the Arch of Hadrian (Fig. 1).
Part of a wall (Fig. 2) uncovered 66.2m south of the Arch and 7.7m west of the peribolos of the Olympieion is identical in construction with the Ottoman wall built by the voivode of Athens, Chaseki, in 1778, a section of which was previously found along Dionysiou Areopagitou. The new section (3.1m long, 0.6m wide), built of unworked stones, tile, and marble architectural spolia, is oriented east-west.
Part of a rectangular cistern (3.5 x 6.5m), with walls of unworked stones, tile and hydraulic mortar, was found 28.3m south of the Arch. It contained Byzantine and post-Byzantine sherds and a coin of the 11th century AD.
In front of the Arch lay part of the road which leads outside the walls, with fragmentary building remains alongside it. This road follows the same course as the path which in the Classical period ran from within the city to a gate in the Themistoklean walls, and in Hadrian’s time into the new city. Successive road surfaces dated from the Classical to the Late Roman periods. Three metres northwest of the north jamb of the Arch lay the foundations of a house, part of a small cistern, and a fourth-century AD channel. Sherds from within the buildings were mostly Late Roman and Byzantine in date. Further south was a small semicircular structure, perhaps a hearth, with five almost complete fourth-century AD pots (three oinochoes and two amphorae).
AD 56-59 (2001-2004) Chr., 220-222.
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