V 253. Sougdaia. Epitaph of an unknown, IX–XIth centuries C.E.
Plain "Dikar" limestone.
Stele with rounded top; on the front: a deeply recessed field following the contours of the stele; in the centre of the recess - compass cross (a circle intersected by four arcs, forming a cross). Cut on the left, broken at the bottom.
Place of Origin
Fortress, between towers of 1388 and 1394, wall.
1872, survey of N.N. Murzakevich.
Institution and inventory
Museum "Sudak Fortress", no inventory number.
September 2003, September 2009.
In the recessed field, below the compass cross.
Lapidary. Alpha with slanting crossbar.
IX–XIth centuries C.E.
L1. Murzakevich 1872, 318; 1.1. Latyshev 1896, 81–82, № 73; 1.2. Latyshev 1913, 107–108, № 1; 2. Vinogradov, Dzhanov 2004, 413–414, № 7.
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For the blessed memory and rest of...
1–5. On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.F.a.
5. Latyshev rightly observed that the name, and possibly the date of death, had chipped off.
Terminus ante quem for our monument is the end of the XIVth century, the construction date for the wall into which it was built. Alpha with slanting crossbar suggests a date after the IXth century (contrary to the date proposed in my original publication, where this lettershape had not been taken into consideration).