Αρχαία αγορά Θεσσαλονίκης : η στρωματογραφία και τα κινητά ευρήματαPart of : Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη ; Vol.10, No.Β, 1996, pages 501-531
The ancient agora of Thessaloniki : stratigraphy and small finds
The excavations which have been conducted over the last seven years (1989-1996) in the archaeological site of the ancient Agora of Thessaloniki have completed the process of unearthing the buildings that stood in the Agora and have also provided much new evidence about its stratigraphy and building phases and have yielded a significant number of portable finds. The distinct finds, numbering more than eleven thousand, have much to tell us about the successive uses of the area and enable us to date the strata of the excavation.The paper includes an initial attempt to map these strata in conjunction with the finds produced by the excavation. It describes the archaeological strata for each unit of the excavation (the Odeum, the east wing, the Crypto - porticus, the open square, the south-east section of the archaeological site, lo cated outside the Agora) and then presents the comparative, overall picture which emerges from a study of those strata. Particular attention is paid to smaller units of finds, such as lanterns, amphora handles, red and black pottery and finds of terra sigillata. A study of these sub-groups will produce safer datings and will provide a firm point of reference for the dating of other finds. It has emerged from this research that the picture provided by the strata and the finds in some sectors of the market are representative of the strati graphy of ancient Thessaloniki.The paper also announces the time-scale for the publication of the portable finds by the team of archaeologists who have been working in the ancient Ago ra in recent years. As the process of cleaning, restoring, drawing and photo graphing the portable finds is going ahead more or less in parallel with the excavations, it is our ambition to begin detailed publication of the first sets of finds in the very near future, and possibly within 1998.