Science: The Diggers

The patient diggers of the American School of Classical Studies last week finished their twelfth season of rooting into ancient Athens. They had concentrated on the Agora, or central public square, one of the oldest continually inhabitated spots on earth. Beneath the Agora, history and prehistory lie in deep-stacked layers. All the great trends in civilization have touched this enchanted area, as they are touching it now.

Beneath the remains of classical Athens, the diggers found two Mycenaean tombs hacked in the living rock. The tombs contained three skeletons, two long bronze swords, other weapons and delicately wrought ornaments of the Age...

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