V 309. Bosporus. Inscription of Kosmas, IX-Xth centuries C.E.
Wall block from the tumulus vault. Fully preserved.
Place of Origin
"Tsarski" (Royal) tumulus, dromos, vault.
1956, survey of A.A. Shalkevich.
Institution and inventory
In situ (?), no inventory number.
On the front.
Graffito; slightly elongated letters. Alpha with a loop.
The text was inscribed after the dromos of the Tsarksi tumulus had been filled, a new entrance cut through the vault and a church set up inside (see Shalkevich 1976, 162–164). The text is commemorative. The shape of alpha and a drawing of a spear nearby (for more details, see Amelkin 2001) suggest that the inscription was made in the IX-Xth centuries.
On the name, see commentary to V 237.