The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of The Agora Bone Well (Hesperia Suppl. 50) by Maria A. Liston, Susan I. Rotroff, and Lynn M. Snyder.
Even though Dorothy Thompson excavated the Agora Bone Well in 1938, the well and its remarkable finds have never been fully studied until now. Located outside the northwest corner of the Athenian Agora and dating to the second quarter of the 2nd century B.C., the well contained the remains of roughly 460 newborn infants, as well as a few older individuals. Also found in the well were the bones of over 150 dogs and an assortment of other animals, plus various artifacts, including an intriguing herm and an ivory chape. In addition to a thorough examination of the contents of the well, the authors provide a thoughtful analysis of the neighborhood in which the well was located and carefully compare the deposit with similar accumulations found elsewhere in the Mediterranean. The product of close cooperation between archaeological, palaeoanthropological, and faunal scholars, this interdisciplinary work will be of interest to a large audience across a variety of fields.
Chapter 1: The Well and Its Neighborhood
Chapter 2: Human Skeletal Material
Chapter 3: Faunal Skeletal Material
Chapter 4: Artifacts
Chapter 5: The Wider Archaeological and Cultural Context of the Well
Hesperia Supplement 50
200 pp, 95 figs, 5 tables
Paper, 8.5" x 11"
The Agora Bone Well (Hesperia Suppl. 50) can be ordered from our distribution partners: Casemate Academic (in North America) or Oxbow Books (outside North America).