Labraunda 2011


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Labraunda 2011. A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations with an appendix by Ragnar Hedlund

By Lars Karlsson, Jesper Blid & Olivier Henry


The main goals of the 2011 campaign were the excavation of the Kepez tower, the West Church and the necropoleis. The tower of Kepez was excavated and black-gloss pottery indicates a date in the 3rd century BC. The 2011 excavations in the West Church uncovered three Late Roman and Byzantine building phases. Among the finds from Late Antiquity was a well-preserved glass lamp with a Greek inscription and a marble figurine, possibly representing an apostle or a saint. The excavations in the necropolis uncovered eleven tombs in the Area 5B, located along the Sacred Way, completing the excavation initiated in 2010. New tombs were discovered in the territory east and south of the sanctuary. Finally, the three stone sarcophagi inside the Built Tomb were moved in order to facilitate complete excavation and the cleaning of all the interior space of this monumental tomb. The conservation of architectural marble was continued and included the conservation of an Ionic column capital and an anta capital from Andron B. Thomas Thieme and Pontus Hellström prepared the publication of the andrones.

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Lars Karlsson, Jesper Blid, Olivier Henry & Ragnar Hedlund, ‘Labraunda 2011. A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 5, 49–87. Stockholm 2012. ISSN: 2000-0898 ISBN: 978-91-977798-4-5. Softcover, 204 pages.

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