Acrocorinth: Excavations in 1926 by Carl W. Blegen, Richard Stillwell, Oscar Broneer, Alfred

By Carl W. Blegen, Richard Stillwell, Oscar Broneer, Alfred Raymond Bellinger

The major discoveries throughout the 1926 season of excavations at the castle above the most website of historic Corinth have been the principles of the temple of Aphrodite and a striking Hellenistic concrete vault erected to guard the spring of higher Peirene.

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40 m. ) Near south end of vault. Near easternstuccoedwall below level of tiles. There were also two bronze nails and three or four coins too badly corroded to be legible, but apparently of the same style and fabric as the coins listed above. 21 m. From the careful construction it is fair to take this as representing the average thickness. Interior and exterior examination showed that the shell was composed of an agglomerate of sea sand and pebbles, held together by a binder the analysis of which shows a strong admixture of lime.

The excavation was carried on at first from the outside of the spring, and the cleaning of the interior was left to the last. It was not until May 25 that the work was completed. Before the work began the condition of the spring was as follows (Fig. 31). 50 m. underground to a rough platform of stones from which a steep ramp of earth and debris sloped downward toward a double opening crowned by a pediment. The chamber that contained this ramp was vaulted and had walls of polygonal masonry, some of the blocks of which bore inscriptions.

The joints in some cases are struck. Hence we are led to assume that the construction of this arm must have been coincident with that of the vault. C. extended and sealed in against possible collapse of the rock. The level, as in the western channel, rises slightly to the end, and the channel terminates in a smaller chamber in the natural rock, down the face of which flows a thin trickle of water. The lintel over the door of the north channel shows grooves made by ropes when people lowered their buckets through the mediaeval well and swung them into the mouth of the channel.

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