Acropolis, Acropolis Archaic, Old Temple, Geometric temple

The earliest temple to Athena Polias on the Acropolis was probably constructed in the 8th or 7th century B.C. (what Dinsmoor called the "hypothetical but necessary" Geometric temple). Since such early temples were usually built with relatively simple materials (mudbrick, wood) that decay easily, very few remains have been found that can be assigned to this building. The best candidates (or at the least the ones that most scholars can agree upon) are two limestone column bases found within the late 6th century foundations of the Old Temple on the north side of the Acropolis (just south of the Erechtheion. Once upon a time archaeologists thought that 1) these bases were actually part of the Bronze Age palace and 2) they were still in their orginal location. We now now think that 1) they probably date to the 7th century B.C., and 2) they are NOT in their orginal positions. In this photo, one of the column bases can be seen just to the right of center, in front of a metal frame. The other base can be seen on the left side of the slide, just below the middle of the photo (it is slightly darker than the other stones.). View from the south.