ACHARNES - Suburban railway - 2004
Type of Operation
Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Β' ΕΠΚΑ
Acharnes Railway Centre. Junction of Mornou Street and Dimokratias Avenue. M. Platonos (Β’ ΕΠΚΑ) reports that rescue excavation in the course of work for the suburban railway revealed part of a Classical road and tombs, mostly pyres (Figs 1, 2). A 15m stretch of wall belonged to the east retaining wall of the road. The west retaining wall (51m long) was better preserved. On both sides of the road was an Archaic and Classical cemetery containing 68 pyres (Fig. 3), 11 enchytrismoi in large pots, one pit grave, one tile grave (Fig. 4), and three stone receptacles (Fig. 5).
All the enchytrismoi and the pit grave contained skeletal remains; on the floor of the tile grave 10 were vessels of the mid fifth century BC, while the stone receptacles contained pottery of the last quarter of that century. Goods included a large quantity of fine pottery of the Early Archaic (mid sixth century) to Late Classical (fourth century) periods (Figs 6-8).
During the widening of Mornou Street a marble funerary stele of the last quarter of the fourth century BC was found (Fig. 9). This depicts two women in a dexiosis scene, one of whom, probably the deceased, carries on her shoulder a sanctuary key.
AD 56-59 (2001-2004) Chr., 433-436.
Date of creation
Fig. 3/ Acharnes, junction of Mornou Street and Dimokratias Avenue: pyres on the southeast side of the excavation area.
Fig. 5/ Acharnes, junction of Mornou Street and Dimokratias Avenue: three stone receptacles with ash urns.
Fig. 6/ Acharnes, junction of Mornou Street and Dimokratias Avenue: black-figure lekythos of the Haimon Workshop from pyre 34.
Fig. 7/ Acharnes, junction of Mornou Street and Dimokratias Avenue: red-figure lekythos from pyre 6.
Fig. 8/ Acharnes, junction of Mornou Street and Dimokratias Avenue: red-figure lekythos from pyre 41.