City Eleusinion

The Archaic peribolos wall (at right) and the Rocky Outcrop (at center left). One of the reasons why archaeologists think this rather amorphous rock may have been significant is because it projects above the level of the Archaic peribolos wall. Since the wall preserves both its inner (left) and outer (right) faces, we can estimate precisely where the ancient ground level was. The Rocky Outcrop projects above this level, while elsewhere the bedrock was trimmed back to create a more level surface. Why was this mass of stone left alone? (Compare Agora 31, plate 4b-c). View from the north. August 8, 2003.