Opuscula Atheniensia 30
Annual of the Swedish Institute in Rome

Edited by Charlotte Scheffer, et al.
December 2006
Paul Astroms Forlag, Sweden
Distributed By Coronet Books
ISBN: 9179160549
221 pages, Illustrated, 8 ¼” x 11 ¾”
$175.00 Paper Original

Excavations in Midea continued in 2004 as a Greek-Swedish undertaking under the direction of Dr. Katie Demakopoulou in collaboration with Dr. Ann-Louise Schallin.  In the southwestern part of the Acropolis on the plateau north of the West Gate more rooms were found belonging to the complex of buildings previously uncovered. 

Abundant pottery of late Helladic IIIB2 was found, as well as a group of Psi type figurines associates with a bench in one of the rooms.  An almost complete squat stirrup jar of Late Helladic IIIA2 date was recovered from a trial trench opened on the Upper Terraces of the Lower Acropolis.  Excavation on the northwest terrace of the Upper Acropolis brought to light pottery and other important finds of Late and Final Neolithic, Early Helladic II-III and Middle Helladic times. 

A small ramp which gave access to the West Gate was cleared.  The excavation of the Cyclopean ramp previously uncovered outside the East Gate continued and was concluded.  In the Inner East Gate area excavation showed that a large space there was covered by a stone pavement.  Work continued in the area east of the East Gate with a clearing of trenches along the fortification wall previously investigated.  A strong cross-wall built of boulders was uncovered.  A considerable amount of pottery was recovered, including fragments of kylikes and pictorial sherds.


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