Pella Ancient Agora Excavations to Continue



agora-mosaic-2After the approval of the Central Archaeological Council, excavations at the Ancient Agora of Pella will continue for another five years under Ioannis Akamatis, Professor of Classical Archaeology of the University of Thessaloniki, according to Amna.

Pella is an archaeological site which was once the thriving capital of ancient Macedonia. Apart from being a cultural and commercial hub, Pella was also a place of great historical significance, it being the birthplace of Alexander The Great and his father Philip’s kingdom.

Excavations will focus on the area south of the agora, the northern stoa,the central square and the eastern wing, in search of structures earlier than the Hellenistic metropolis remains of the mid-4th century BC to the 2nd century BC.

The compound of the ancient agora covers 70,000 square meters and contained multiple buildings and workshops attesting to the city’s economic strength – from ceramic and sculpture studios, to metal processing, food and perfume manufacturing, administrative offices and the city’s archive, containing the clay stamps of papyrus records.

Last year’s excavations revealed a temple-like rectangular structure that will be researched further, several coins, ceramic storage vessels
stamped with identifiable data and statuettes.

 

 


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