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The anonymous follis from the Apollo Klarios temple, found by the recording team and dated to the years A.D. 1028-1034, after cleaning

The large complete pithos from the Macellum excavation

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

Small Finds Conservation: July 24-28, 2005

By the end of the third week, a steady flow of finds was reaching the lab. Ozan Tanrlöver, a conservation student from Istanbul University joined the team and was taken under the wide and protective wings of Emine, Canan, and Filiz. Finds received and treated included 22 coins, approximately half coming from the N-S Colonnaded Street soundings; well preserved iron objects and six pithoi from the Macellum; fragmentary ceramics, glass, wall plaster, copper alloy, and worked bone.

All coins were cleaned of soil and corrosion products under stereo-magnification; they will be stabilized in batches towards the end of the campaign. Those from the Colonnaded Street and the Macellum excavation were generally in fairly poor condition; the mid-Byzantine coin from the excavation of the Apollo Klarios site, an anonymous follis dated to the year A.D. 1028-1034, was better preserved and retained a patinated surface. Iron finds from the Macellum consisted of a previously unrecorded locking mechanisms (see Macellum, July 24-28, 2005), a finger ring, and unidentified types. Over a period of three days, the Macellum also produced a number of fragments of a large glass jar, of which some fragments join. The six large pithoi, of which five were in fragmentary but seemingly complete condition, will keep the team occupied for the whole of next week; they are covered in a carbonate crust, much of which will be removed before they are restored. Three worked bone finds have been found up to now; two are joining fragments from a decorated shaft and a domed and decorated piece, all from the Macellum.

The Condition Survey of metal finds from previous years was completed and the results recorded in a database. Of the 300 copper-alloy finds checked, two showed signs of active corrosion and of the 250 iron objects, one was flaking slightly. Powdery corrosion products on the actively corroding finds were removed with a scalpel under stereo-magnification. Heating it until it regained its original color in the desiccated state regenerated the silica gel in the Stewart plastic boxes.

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