Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Hecatomnus' Tomb Found in Mylasa
Police in Turkey swooped on a site that was being 'excavated' by looters last week, and made an amazing discovery - a tomb believed, because of its' inscription, to have held Hecatomnus, the eponymous founder of the Hecatomnid Dynasty, and father of Mausolus.
The published English text of the story is a joke (see here), and frankly I found the Turkish version more intelligeable even though I don't speak Turkish ...:
AKREOLOJİ DÜNYASININ VE DEVLETİN GÖZÜ UZUNYUVA’DA
Kaçak kazıdan yüzyılın arkeolojik buluşu çıktı (with this amazing photo gallery).
Luckily for you, dear readers, I've studied Hecatomnid archaeology in some depth, and I had a copy of Simon Hornblower's wonderful Mausolus (Oxford 1981) to hand. So this is what I have been able to work out ....
Looters have been digging a site adjacent to the temple of Zeus Carius at Mylasa (modern Milas); until Mausolus moved it to Halicarnassus, this city was the capital of Caria, seat of the hereditary king-priests and the location of it's most important cult, that of Zeus Carius.
I'm a little confused by the measurements. I think the 30 m length must refer to the tunnel? And the 2.75 by 1.85 to the sarcophagus, which sits quite tightly in the chamber.