A Roman-era bone workshop discovered in Turkey

A team of turkish archaeologists discovered, in the ancient Greek city of Aizanoi, in what is currently the western turkey, a bone workshop where, they claimed, primitive inhabitants made everyday items such as spoons and forks, as well as, a oil lamp shop.

“This finding shows us that local products were manufactured in Aizanoi ”, explained, through a press release, the archaeologist Gökhan Coskun from Kütahya Dumlupinar University, in charge of the study.

“It is a very important finding for us that important production activities in Aizanoi during Roman times“he added.

During the excavation work carried out at the site, they found thousands of bone fragments inside a store, most of which they were from cattle, which, according to the specialists, were used as raw material, and they were never processed, while others began to be processed but are half-worked and unfinished.


Some pieces that were processed became works of art. For all we know, there was a local bone workshop in Aizanoi during Roman times and it was located in the agora. It served both as a workshop and as a sales store ”, Coskun explained, referring to the processed bone artifacts found among which were a large number of spoons and women’s hairpins.

“These are important findings for us, as they show that the Polytheistic culture of Ancient Greece existed for a long time without losing its importance in Roman times. The findings suggest that there may have been a sculpture workshop in the region“, he concluded.


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