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Glass finds from Upper Agora North

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by Marc Waelkens

Glass Studies: August 14-18, 2005

This week the study of the glass by Veerle Lauwers continued with the analysis of the so-called "Upper Agora North" contexts, a storage and (work)shop building behind and above the Antonine Nymphaeum on the Upper Agora. Here again, the conclusion was that one is not so much dealing with occupational deposits, although the abandonment processes make the site worth studying. From what we can retrieve from the glass finds, as from the ceramics and metal finds, this complex most probably was the last active commercial center of the city.

Typologically we see that most finds lean toward the end of the Early Byzantine period, or maybe fairly early in the Middle Byzantine period, as is indicated by the chronology of the glass oil lamps. But despite the small fragmentation degree, no complete vessels could be retrieved. Why this was the case is a question that remains unresolved. We can presume that, at that moment in time--with a limited number of areas of habitation--intensive recycling of glass cullet was no longer done and that on the whole glassworking at Sagalassos had ceased. This can explain the high amount of fairly large pieces of glass in the contexts (large pieces mostly don't escape remelting) that were dumped in the building at a slightly later period in time, maybe illustrating one of the last "reorganizations" in the city.

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