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View of the shrine of Apollo Klarios, converted into a basilica, seen from the north
Peter Talloen and Julian Richard uncovering tomb 1, wearing gloves and masks to avoid contaminating the skeleton's DNA

Photos courtesy Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. Click on images to enlarge.
by Marc Waelkens

Sanctuary of Apollo Klarios: July 17-21, 2005

The sanctuary of Apolo Klarios is on the hill west of the Lower Agora (see Introduction). This week, excavations started in two five m2 trenches laid out along the south wall of the basilica, revealing three rooms. While none has been completely unearthed, we seem to be have a north-south oriented rectangular room accessible from the west (room 1) that was followed on the east by two parallel rooms (2 and 3) with an east-west orientation. Along the wall separating rooms 2 and 3, we have excavated two tombs so far, one to the south and one to the north. The burials were in stone-lined pits. The northern grave (tomb 1) had only the disturbed remains of a juvenile. The southern one (tomb 2) held a small child's skeleton with a glass bracelet around its right wrist and a copper-alloy ring on one of its left fingers, as well as a cross-shaped pendant around its neck. The grave goods show the burial is from the sixth-seventh century A.D.

[image]The juvenile with the early Byzantine glass bracelet (right) around the arm in tomb 2 [image]
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