Strigilis Finds from Antandros Necropolis

Taylan Doğan

Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Institute of Social Sciences Archeology

Strigilis Finds from Antandros Necropolis, Master’s Dissertation


31 pieces o f strigilis were obtained in the 23 o f the 318 tombs that were uncovered in the excavation works made between 2001-2009 in Antandros Necropolis. Apart from these, the number o f strigilis reaches up to 37 with the 6 pieces o f strigilis that came from out o f the tombsWhile 8 o f these strigilis were made o f bronze, 29 o f them were made o f iron. Through the examinations made on the strigilis and other materials that existed within the same context, it was determined that strigilis showed a regular chronological development from the first half o f the 5th century B.C to the end o f 2nd century B.C.

Although all the strigilis seem to be classical type when examined, it is observed that they are different from each other in details. With reference to these differences, it was seen that there are 3 different types. These form the typology according to differences in handle ends, differences in the joint parts o f handle-spoon and different anglings in the passage from the front part o f the handle to the top.

As we examine the 23 tombs with the strigilis finds, it is observed that 20 o f them are stone (sarcophagus) tombs and 3 o f them are tile-tombsAlso while the 22 o f these 23 tombs have inhumation (stone sarcophagus) burial, cremation burial has been found in only 1 (one) o f them.

When we examine the tombs with the strigilis finds, it is seen that there is no order in the gender and ages o f tomb owners. The anthropological analyses proved that there were both men and women in 4 (four) o f the tombs, men in 3 (three) o f the tombs and 2 children aged 3,4 and the other 4,3 with undefined gender.