Les galets des rois : dépôts de galets en contexte sacrificiel au palais d'Amathonte

Thierry Petit
2014 Cahiers du Centre d Etudes Chypriotes  
During the 1993 excavation of the Palace of Amathus, a thick layer of pebbles was discovered, accompanied by numerous fragments of terracottas, limestone sculptures, and Attic sherds. It also contained a great quantity of burnt bones and ash. These are obviously sacrificial remains and votive objects from a bothros, but in a secondary deposit. In order to interpret the find, this article examines parallels with pebble deposits in sacrificial contexts elsewhere in Cyprus, in Greece, and in the
more » ... reece, and in the Levant. Four hypotheses are considered as to the nature of the find: "sacrifice stones", a hearth-altar, a built platform associated with ancestor or heroic cult, or votive pebbles.
doi:10.3406/cchyp.2014.1555 fatcat:fu6wnz6arbegdmar7osuqrog24