ATHENS - 2009
Athens, 40 Markou Mpotsari St. N. Sakka (Γ’ ΕΠΚΑ) reports on the discovery of a Roman workshop (Figs 1,2). The space attests to three phases of use. In the 1st B.C.-1st A.D. it operated as a brick workshop. Numerous mud bricks were found in situ where they had been left to dry. It is unclear what was produced during the second phase of use (2nd c. A.D.). Nevertheless, a circular pit, a ditch and two postholes (most likely for a wooden bench) attest to the place’s function as a workshop. The pit and the ditch contained ash. In the first half of the 3rd c. A.D. a rectangular room was constructed. It had five pillars, mud brick walls and a floor of beaten earth. Ashes, charcoal, burned olive pits and three lamps were found under the floor. These may be a deposit marking the refurbishment and/or change of ownership of the workshop. The latter stayed in use until the 3rd/4th c. A.D., when it was most likely destroyed by fire, as an extensive ash layer indicates.