INTRODUCTION: An important archaeological site dating from the Greek classical period has been discovered in the northern sector of the ancient 'Agora' (market) in Athens.
SV Professor Leslie Shear of Princetown University speaking
SVs Students working on site. (6 SHOTS)
SVs Students digging on site. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT): SHEAR: (SEQ 1): "We're standing here above the north side of the Athenian Agora where we're excavating for classical buildings. Some of the most famous of civil buildings in classical Athens the well-known painted stela and stela of the Hermes. At the moment we are clearing private houses of the medieval period, of the Byzantine period, the tenth and eleventh centuries A.D., which came to stand on this site long after the destruction of the ancient buildings of the city of Athens. Archaeologically, these later remains have to be excavated first and carefully recorded before we can proceed to excavate the deeper level and to uncover the classical buildings. In the background you can see some of our staff of forty American and Canadian students working. They work as volunteers and handle all of the aspects of the field-work of the excavation."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An important archaeological site dating from the Greek classical period has been discovered in the northern sector of the ancient 'Agora' (market) in Athens. Under the supervision of Professor Leslie Shear from Princetown University, students from Athens Archaeological School are slowly excavating the area. The site was discovered under a Roman building and a Byzantine wall. These are now being carefully removed in order to reach the site beneath as Professor Shear explains.