This database contains lists and information about the houses, rooms and artifacts excavated at Olynthus by David M. Robinson between 1928 and 1938. The information is based on the published volumes (Olynthus 1-14), and unpublished fieldbooks and other notes.
Records for published objects have been updated as far as possible to correct errors which were introduced between excavation and publication, and to add information such as more precise findspots which were only recorded in the fieldbooks. See the account in Chapter 2 of Household and City Organization at Olynthus.
Please note that the descriptions in the database are short summaries, not full descriptions of each individual object. Since most of the artifacts were published, full descriptions may be found in the Olynthus series.
Tables and Fields
In general, entries in the Houses table are the familiar 17 x 17 m dwellings in the grid-planned part of the city. Most of these are labelled according to a standard system, described in A Brief Tour of the City.
Many objects were found outside these grid-planned houses, however, in graves, streets, trial trenches and the like. To maintain consistency in the database, the Houses table has records for these findspots as well. On the South Hill and other areas where it is difficult to distinguish one living unit from another, or where the findspot was not recorded house by house but only trench by trench (as in the 1928 excavations), I have simply given the general trench or section (Tr. 1 - 13, Sec. A - T). Some objects were found in street: where known I have given the street intersections (Ave. A at St. v, for instance) or the house fronting the street (Ave. A at A iv 9, for instance).