miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2014

Fragment of ancient grave stele unearthed at Kerameikos in Athens (Greece)

The discovery of a grave stele fragment surprised archaeologists working on their ongoing excavations at Kerameikos, Athens.
Kerameikos was a settlement of potters and vase painters, located near the riverbank. The area closest to the river suffered from continual flooding, so was converted into a burial ground, and gradually developed into the most important cemetery of ancient Athens. The stele most likely marked a grave within this cemetery, but was later re-used as a sewer cover.
The excavations are focused on a section of the Sacred Way, which led from Athens to Eleusis. The fragment (the left half) would have formed part of a family stele, and shows a seated woman and girl in the foreground and another woman and bearded man in the background.
The right half of the stele is missing, but would probably have depicted 2-3 other people. An inscription mentions the name of Demostratos as the tomb owner. Stylistically speaking, the stele can be dated to the third quarter of the 4th century BC.
The Kerameikos cemetery dates from the Early Bronze Age (2700-2000 BC), and sees continual expansion until going out of use around the 6th century AD. The grave relief was probably initially re-used as construction material, but during the renovation of the municipal water system of Athens in the 6th century AD, it had become a cover for a sewer underneath the Sacred Way.

Source: Past Horizons: http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2014/fragment-of-ancient-grave-stele-unearthed-at-kerameikos-in-athens

No hay comentarios: