Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Acharnian Gate of the Ancient Athens Wall

The excavation carried out by the 3rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities on the building site brought to light important antiquities concerning the approach to the most important Acharnian Gate of the ancient Athens circuit wall. Scanty remains of the city wall, which were most likely foundations of a tower, as well as extended parts of the front-rampart and the moat were discovered in situ.

 An ancient road was also found preserving on its surface the grooves of cartwheels. The road crosses the peripheral road of the circuit wall and intersects the front rampart and the moat. It is identified with the ancient road leading from Athens to Acharnai. Despite the fact that the Acharnian Gate itself has not been found, its position on the existing evidence must be regarded as certain. 

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