Section of the Athenian Sacred Way revealed
|Significant finds were revealed at Egaleo station [Credit: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ]|
The line 3 extension to Egaleo, apart from the excavation of five successive layers, gave researchers the chance to survey the construction areas of the Eleonas station, as well as many ventilation shafts, and wells that were located in great depths, during the tunnel boring.
|The largest section of the ancient Sacred Way came to light during the construction of Athens' metro stations [Credit: To Vima]|
As for the 17 showcases of the exhibition with excavation finds in the corridors of the Egaleo station, they help the visitor to get a glimpse of the history of the ancient Athenian city and renew his/her interest for one of the most significant roads of mankind.
Dozens of clay jugs testify that Attica had rich and exploitable resources of underground water. Lamps, loom weights, tools and kernoi (pots where they put fertility seeds), grave offerings from children burials in cemeteries of the Iera Odos attest for a wealth of lost treasures.
The most “fascinating” of all finds, however, as the Secretary General of the Cultural Ministry Lina Mendoni described it, were the bones of an unburied horse, which drowned in one of the Kifissos river floods. Based on the excavation data, the archaeologists assumed that it fought for its life until the end. It fell and was buried under heaps of alluvium, with its head slightly raised in a last effort to hold itself above the mud that soon covered everything.
The revealed part of Iera Odos was inaugurated this week at a small ceremony.
Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ via Archaeologia [December 21, 2012]