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Title: Burial Terraces in the Eastern Necropolis
Subtitle: The Excavations of Site F at Sagalassos (Southwestern Anatolia)
Author(s): CLEYMANS, Sam , CLAEYS, Johan , VAN DE VIJVER, Katrien , POBLOME, Jeroen
Volume: 47 Date: 2021
On the steeper slopes in the northern parts of the Eastern Necropolis of Sagalassos excavations were conducted in 1990-1991 and 2011-2012, uncovering a series of man-made terraces (Site F). Erected from Late Achaemenid times onwards, the terracing most likely originally served horticultural and arboricultural purposes. From the Middle Hellenistic period onwards, the terraces at Site F were gradually occupied by funerary practices. During the 1st century CE, the higher terraces remained in use as burial grounds, while the lower ones were reorganized in order to accommodate at least one potter’s workshop. Whereas the workshop itself was short-lived, artisanal activities seem to have continued as indicated by dumping practices of ceramic refuse. Burial practices too continued until the end of the 4th century CE after which the area fell in disuse. This long history of interments, from Hellenistic to Late Roman times, provides a unique insight into the changing mortuary traditions at Sagalassos. This paper will present a chronological overview of Site F and the activities that took place there through a discussion of various archaeological, environmental, and bioarchaeological data.