Labraunda: wall decoration

Fragments of wall decoration have been found during excavations of buildings at Labraunda. The present project regards studies of the materials that had been used for wall decoration from the Hellenistic period to late Antiquity.

Fragments of mortar, plaster and wall decoration were found during recent excavations of Andron A, which is dated to the Hekatomnid period by the dedication of Idrieus. Two minor studies of  mortars and plaster had been made, indicating original mortar and a later repair, presumably in the Roman period. The question post was whether the fragments of wall decoration belonged to the original decoration or if it was of a later period. Analyses of the materials revealed that the fragments were pre-Roman, probably from the Hellenistic period but maybe earlier.

Two decoration periods had been found during earlier excavations of the East Church. Some fragments presented both periods: one decoration had been applied upon an earlier one. Ocular investigation of the materials and stylistic interpretations of the patterns and surfaces, showed the earlier decoration, made in a panel pattern typical of the so called Second style, was from the Roman period, and the later was made some time in Late Antiquity.

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