V 120. Bakla. Fragment of inscription, 1st half of Хth century C.E.
H. 8.0, W. 5.5, Th. 7.0.
Broken on all sides, including the back; traces of burning.
Place of Origin
Posad, Church of 2003, south wall, outside, fire destruction layer.
2004, excavations of V.Yu. Yurochkin, A.Yu. Vinogradov and N.E. Gaydukov.
Institution and inventory
Bakhchisaray State Historical and Cultural Preserve, АБ–4868/4897.
On the front.
Lapidary style, letters with serifs; a horizontal line is carved between the two preserved rows of letters. Diamond-shaped theta, iota with diaeresis.
1st half of Хth century C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/><orig>ΕΤ</orig><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/> <lb n="2"/><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/><orig>Θ</orig><gap reason="lost" extent="unknown" unit="character"/>. </ab> </div>
Preserved letters do not provide sufficient material for translation.
The lettershapes of this inscription and the presence of an incised horizontal line resemble the style of V 66 (915 C.E.) and of V 87 from Cherson. The stone was found in the burned layer whose terminus ante quem is determined by the date of the infill that had covered the socle layer of the church's masonry where the tall-neck pitchers with flat handles of the 2nd half of the IX-XIth centuries (Yurochkin, Vinogradov et al. 2004) were found. It is possible that this stone belongs to the arch with mouldings from the same burned layer.
It is difficult to establish the function of the inscription. If it was an epitaph, then we could cautiously suggest the formula Ἐτ[ελειώ]θι.