Agora Object: A 915
Inventory Number:   A 915
Section Number:   Ζ 1582
Title:   String Course Block
Category:   Architecture Marble
Description:   Broken in two large and several small pieces. The inside edge and both ends are missing. The outer face is lightly stippled with at smoothed band along top and bottom. The under surface was rough-picked and them smoothed with a coarse claw in the mid part, with a fine toothed chisel on the joint surface along the edge.
The top is very roughly picked in the mid part but is smoothed in a band along the edge at a slightly lower level. The one end is cut square to a depth of ca. 0.08m. from the outer face and the joint surface is finished with carefully worked anathyrosis. Back of this, the end is cut at an angle and shows no joint surface. The other end has been very roughly cut away.
In the top are two rectangular sinkings centered 0.255m. from the outer face of the stone and 1.17m. from one another. Symmetrically placed between them are two other cuttings and outside of one of these a third similar sinking.
The cuttings in the top of the block are probably for a windowsill. The very rough state of the surface suggests that the bottom of the window was above eye level. From the peculiar jointing at the one end of the block we may infer that the string course had the full width of the wall only beneath the windows and adjoining the doorways; elsewhere it would have been a narrow strip as in the Pinakotheke and the Propylaia.
Hymettian marble.
Notes:   Found at G/9-11/9 (Fall 2016).
Context:   Removed from the covering of Tholos Drain 2.
Negatives:   Leica, 8-194, XVI-57, XVI-102
PD Number:   PD 68
Dimensions:   P.L. 1.36; P.W. 0.41; Th. 0.11; W. (smoothed band on outer face) 0.025, (joint surface on underside) ca. 0.06, (band on top) 0.03, (rectangular sinkings in the top) 0.06, (cuttings in the top) 0.025; L. (rectangular sinkings in the top) 0.09, (cuttings in the top) 0.035; D. (rectangular sinkings in the top) 0.03, (cuttings in the top) 0.03
Material:   Marble (Hymettian)
Date:   1938
Section:   Ζ
Bibliography:   Hesperia Suppl. 4 (1940), p. 52, figs. 41, 42.
References:   Publication: Hesperia Suppl. 4 (1940)
Drawing: PD 68 (DA 4324)
Images (5)
Notebook: Ζ-13
Notebook Page: Ζ-13-70 (pp. 2478-2479)
Card: A 915
Card: A 915