Ανασκαφικές έρευνες στη Διπλή Τράπεζα της Αγχιάλου κατά το 2001Part of : Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη ; Vol.15, No.1, 2001, pages 299-308
Excavations on the Double Table at Anhialos in 2001
In 2001, we continued excavating stratigraphical section A.0, which we had opened in 2000 next to the earlier section A. This year the excavation of section A.0 reached a depth of about 5.5 m. The two lowest excavated layers belong to a phase which must date to before the mid-8th century BC. This dating is based on a strikingly large number of skyphoi with concentric semicircles from the two lowest layers and especially on fragments of local and imported Atticising pottery, as also on two fragments of Thessalian skyphoi.In the immediately preceding phase we excavated the destruction fill of a house of the early part of the Late Geometric period. A brick wall with a stone foundation had fallen onto the floor of the house. Directly on top of the fallen wall was found a thin layer of red fragmented clay, which had probably come from the plaster on the superstructure, and numerous charred beams. The large quantity of typical Euboean pottery dates this phase to the early part of the Late Geometric period. The steep gradient of the layers of this phase bears witness to the form and the size of the table in the early part of the Late Geometric period.After the destruction of this phase, the ruins of the house were covered over with rubble, thus increasing the usable space on the upper surface of the table. Upon this layer of rubble, we excavated the immediately preceding phase, which probably dates to the middle of the Late Geometric period. Here we found remains of walls which had been partially investigated in 2000. In the immediately preceding period, we excavated the stone foundations of walls of the end of the Late Geometric period. All three phases of the Late Geometric period yielded typical Late Geometric Euboean pottery in large quantities.Lastly, among the rest of the finds it is worth noting the discovery of a bone tool which was used for decorating mainly the local handmade lekanes with rows of impressed triangles on the upper surface of the disk rim. This was a very popular motif in the Middle and Late Geometric period.
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