V 84. Cherson. Epitaph of John, XI–XIIth centuries C.E.
H. 19.0, W. 23.0, Th. 10.0.
On the front is a crudely incised cross with tri-forked ends. Broken on all sides.
Place of Origin
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 84/36504.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
Above the cross.
Lapidary. Alpha with vertical right hasta and horizontal top.
Latyshev twice (1892a, 37, № 31; 1896, №29) published a drawing of this inscription upside down, and therefore offered no reading. His mistake might have something to do with an expectation that a text should appear under rather than above the cross.
On the name John, see commentary to V 64.
The shape of the cross is similar to that of V 46.