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An Unusual Structure On The Lycian Acropolis At Xanthos

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This chapter discusses the interpretation of an isolated one-room structure, excavated on the Lycian Acropolis at Xanthos. It contains a large oven, set back in its own recess, and number of unusual basins, cut into the rock, in which burnt material and a number of complete cooking pots were found. The chapter also discusses the possible function of this complex, in relation to a number of familiar hypotheses, which are then discarded. A detailed discussion is undertaken, of the design and working of the fixtures and finds recovered within the complex, and its urban context, in order to produce a more convincing interpretation. It is normal in archaeology to interpret one?s discoveries by comparing them exclusively with known, related cases. It is common in archaeology for excavators to fail to appreciate the difference between what is left of a building and what was once there, but has since disappeared.

Keywords: archaeology; excavators; Lycian Acropolis; Xanthos



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