The rock inscriptions, graffiti and crosses from Quarry GO3C at Göktepe, Muğla district (Turkey)
Abstract: This paper discusses some of the results of a geo-archaeological survey conducted in 2014 in the marble quarries at Göktepe near Muğla (the ancient region of Caria). During the survey we examined a dossier of both already known and newly recorded rock inscriptions and textual and pictorial graffiti (prominently including crosses) from District 3, Quarry C (= Quarry GO3C). Here, we aim to explore the contents and spatial contexts of these texts and images, and consider them in relation to the pottery finds and literary sources, in order to throw new light on the history of the quarry. The texts and images suggest that at some point the site was abandoned as a quarry and, probably already in late antiquity, resettled by hermits.
Keywords: survey / Quarry / Muğla / Göktepe / inscriptions / GO3C / rock / graffiti / marble / Turkey
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