By Carl W. Blegen, Richard Stillwell, Oscar Broneer, Alfred Raymond Bellinger

The most discoveries through the 1926 season of excavations at the fort above the most web site of old Corinth have been the principles of the temple of Aphrodite and a extraordinary Hellenistic concrete vault erected to guard the spring of higher Peirene.

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L:? :*i~irp;? i .. FIGURE 33. ROMAN WATER BASIN SHOWING NORTH WALL AND PART OF ORIGINAL RETAINING WALL OF GREEK ENTRANCE of tile. Dirt mixed with clay was the only binder. Behind these steps to the west we dug down, finding late Roman pottery in great quantities, and at the proper level came once more upon the platform. It extended westward to a wall built of re-used blocks and fragments of Corinthian roof tiles. At the base of tlhis wall there was a sill not quite parallel to the wall. A drain had been cut in the sill.

The anta is built with every other block extendinginto the wall, the rest having only the thickness of the anta itself. Two of the latter, the third and the fifth fromthe top, have fallen out, and on the wall behindthe third block some Greek inscriptionswere cut after the removal of the stone. The other block, which had been removedat a later period,was found in the fill when the springwas excavated, and in the drawingI have put the inscriptionwhich it carriesin its properplace. (a) On the capital of the left anta.

The history of the spring seems to have been as follows. There was first a natural cleft in the rock, into which water oozed and collected and thence found its way out by fissures at a higher level. For the purpose of drawing water a flight of steps was installed, and retaining walls built up originally at the upper part of the steps so as to prevent the earth and friable rock from slipping in and filling the reservoir. This retaining wall was then extended and returned so as to form a rectangular basin.

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