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1800-year-old inscribed votive stele found at Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia


An ancient votive stele dating back around 1,800 years was unearthed in Turkey's northern Karabuk province.

1800-year-old inscribed votive stele found at Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia
Credit: AA
The limestone slab that had a silhouette of a woman on it was found during excavation works in Church C and the necropolis in the ancient city of Hadrianopolis – now located 3 kilometers east of the Eskipazar district of the Karabuk province.


Faculty Member of the Department of Archaeology of Karabuk University (KBU) Ersin Celikbas said that the stele has an inscription in Greek reading: "Herakleides, son of Glaukos, presented this."

1800-year-old inscribed votive stele found at Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia
Credit: AA
"The slab has a figure of a woman on it wearing a traditional dress, holding ears of wheat in her right hand and wearing a belt with a snake on her waist. Most probably, this is the goddess of the harvest and agriculture Demeter," he said.


An important settlement during the Late Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine periods, excavation works at Hadrianopolis started in 2003.

1800-year-old inscribed votive stele found at Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia
Credit: AA
Archaeological surface surveys have uncovered 14 public buildings and other structures in the ancient city. Among these public buildings are two baths, two churches, a defense structure, rock tombs, a theatre, an arched and domed structure, a monumental cultic niche, walls, a villa, other monumental buildings and some religious buildings.

The church floors are decorated with mosaics and have images of the rivers of Gihon, Pishon, Tigris and Euphrates imprinted on them, which are mentioned in the Old Testament.

Source: Anadolu Agency [December 27, 2019]



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