By Carl W. Blegen, Richard Stillwell, Oscar Broneer, Alfred Raymond Bellinger
The most discoveries throughout the 1926 season of excavations at the fort above the most website of old Corinth have been the principles of the temple of Aphrodite and a awesome Hellenistic concrete vault erected to guard the spring of higher Peirene.
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41), which ran the length of the vault and abutted against the blocks that formed the north wall of the chamber beneath. The height of the wall was almost exactly that of the crown of the vault. We found, however, that on the west side the stucco of the gutter did not turn up against the wall, but passed beneath it, and that the retaining wall itself, although of the same type of construction, was composed of smaller stones (Fig. 42). It is possible that the wall on this side may have been rebuilt not long after the first construction, or that it may have been the work of different hands, but no evidence was found that threw any light on the question.
The results were negative; no vestige of an ancient building was found. Several further trenches were opened in the same region in 1926, but, apart from the discovery of a number of mediaeval graves, the results were the same as those of the earlier campaign. There can hardly be a doubt that a building of some kind occupied this favorable position in ancient times; it is not unlikely indeed that some of the subsidiary structures necessary in connection with the worship of Aphrodite were erected here.
One and one-half metres below the surface, to the west, we came on some Byzantine foundations dating from the twelfth century. North of the manhole was a Byzantine grave (Fig. 36) built of blocks of stone and covered with slabs of stone that rested on a course of blocks and a layer of tiles that was corbelled out from the edges of the grave. Within were two skeletons. The arms of one were crossed. The head lay toward the west. The other skeleton was smaller and seemed to have been disturbed. Two rough bronze rings were the only things found in the grave beside the skeletons.
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