A Cist Tomb on the South Bank of the Eridanos in the Athenian Agora and the Middle Bronze Age in Athens

by Anthi Balitsari and John K. Papadopoulos

Hesperia, Volume 87, Issue 2
Page(s): 215-277
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.87.2.0215
Year: 2018


This article reexamines an early tomb beneath the south annex of the Stoa Basileios in the Athenian Agora and argues that it is Middle Helladic in date, rather than Submycenaean as suggested in a preliminary report. An associated deposit of Middle Helladic pottery is presented, with a detailed treatment of fabrics and shapes. The provenance of the Gray Minyan ware and the significance of the imported Cycladic and Aiginetan pottery are discussed, and the role of Athens in the Middle Helladic period is reassessed.