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

The major discoveries throughout the 1926 season of excavations at the castle above the most website of historic Corinth have been the principles of the temple of Aphrodite and a outstanding Hellenistic concrete vault erected to guard the spring of higher Peirene.

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The joints are close, without mortar or clamps. I was unable to find any that showed anathyrosis. The side walls are built of large unfaced stones cut so as to give a roughly polygonal jointing (Fig. 44). Most of the joints at the lower part of the wall have been cemented up with an exceedingly hard cement so as to prevent an escape of water, should it rise to that height. The steps either extend beneath the side walls or abut against them. The upper part of the walls is built of blocks of smaller size than the lower, and a careful study indicates that toward the north, where they come against the screen and pass above the angle of the pediment, they are continuous and contemporary with the polygonal retaining walls to east and west of the vault over the inner chamber (Fig.

39 m nar sectn marokdf of the top 029 m ACROCORINTH: EXCAVATIONS AT THE SUMMIT 23 In a third stage in the use of the Church a solid wall was built along the line of the southern colonnade (Fig. 25); the northern was presumably also treated in the same way, although no evidence of this has survived. A portion of the south wall was found standing to a height of ca. , but the original height could not be determined. The earlier column bases of both periods were left in place, and the wall was laid around and over them (thus ensuring their preservation).

Numerous graves were found in the plot surrounding the Christian Church, and many persons had also been buried within the building itself, in cists constructed beneath the floor. Some of these graves contained single interments only; others were ossuaries, filled with human bones (Fig. 27). Among these burials were not a few of pre-Frankish times, but most of them belonged to the thirteenth century and later. One skeleton, which lay with the two legs crossed below the knees, may possibly have been that of a crusader (Fig.

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