Acropolis, Acropolis Archaic

In addition to the two column bases of the 8th/7th century temple, there are a few other blocks that come from early monuments. This is a limestone base for a 7th century tripod cauldron. Imagine this block sitting on top of 3 or 4 more blocks of about the same size. The rounded bottom of the cauldron (a big bronze bowl) sat in the curved depression on top. The three legs of the cauldron consisted of decorated bronze sheets attached to wooden panels. These panels were then inserted into the slots at each of the three corners of the block. Tripod cauldrons were probably dedicated on the Acropolis by aristocrats who had been victorious in athletic competitions. This block was located west of the Parthenon in 1997.