Megara - 2010
Megara, Agia Laura Street (O.T. 243, plot of I. Valta). Maria Tsichli (Γ ΕΠΚΑ) reports on the excavation of an underground storage area (the ‘Megaron’), comprising rectangular units (Fig. 1 and 2) supported by four walls (Fig. 3). The initial phase of construction dates to the second half of the fourth century B.C., and the second (including repair of Walls 3 and 4) dates to the 3rd-1st centuries B.C. Pottery and finds from the area indicate continued use from the early Hellenistic period to early Roman times (2nd half of the 4th century B.C. to early 1st century AD), after which the area was abandoned owing to fire.
From inside the basement a large number of sherds were collected, mainly from unpainted ceramics: lekanes, amphoras, oinchoiae, pointed toe amphoras, and jugs dating to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.; shallow earthen mortars, and black-figure skypoi and kantharoi of the mid 2nd century and early 1st century B.C.; kantharoi with geometric designs and masks of the mid 3rd century B.C.; plaques with red glaze from the last quarter of the fourth century B.C and some of the later 2nd century B.C.; loom weights of the 3rd century B.C.; lamps from the 4th century B.C. through the 1st century B.C. and 1st century A.D., some with stamped bases; coins of the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C.; and a few seashells. A headless relief plaque of Cybele found here (Fig. 4) indicates that the basement was not just for storage, but also for ritual activity.
ADelt 66 (2011), Chr., 96-9