BEWONING OP EN ROND DE ZUIDOOSTPOORT VAN NIEUW HALOS (260-240 v.Chr.)
The excavation of the Southeast Gate of the city of New Halos was continued in 1999. After the third campaign, the greater part af the gate complex is now uncovered. Up to four and occasionally six rows of limestone blocks are visible above two rows of unworked limestone blocks which were used as a foundation. The passageway between the two towers and the rear spur walls of the gate was completely blocked by walls made of porous blocks. Workshops and storage rooms indicate that the complex was inhabited after the gate's destruction and the abandonment af the city around 265 BC. Coins struck by Antigonos II Gonatas which were found in the habitation layers date the habitation to the final phase of the reign of this Macedonian king (277-239 B. C.). Apart from ceramics, coins, loomweights, querns and domestic objects, a fragment of a limestone block with an inscription and two fragments of stelai were found. On sherds of a bowl of moulded ware, Athamas and his dead son Learchos were depicted. Athamas was the legendary founder of the city of Halos.