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Excavation at Sissi IV

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Jan Driessen

7. The Seals, ‘Sealing’ and Some Enigmatic Clay Objects

Maria Anastasiadou

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1. The seals

Two new seals were found in Sissi since reporting on the previous ones (Sissi III: 50-51, 76-77, 113-115). One was a surface find made during the architectural study by S. Jusseret & Q. Letesson of Zone 6 in 2012, the other came to light during excavation in Zone 4 in 2015.

12-06-4098-OB003 (fig. 7.1). Two-sided disc cut with hand-tools in bone (?)1. The dimensions of the seal are: Seal face: 1.65 x 1.49 (stringhole) cm; Thickness: 0.62 cm; Stringhole: 0.30-0.32 cm. The seal is intensely abraded by exposure, which suggests that it had been on the surface for a long time before it was found. As a result, its surface is slippery, the edges of the intaglios are entirely rounded and the motifs on the seal faces can hardly, if at all, be made out. The seal shows fissures on the two seal faces and deeper cracks on one profile. Despite the abrasion on the seal faces and numerous strokes on the profiles, the seal’s body is well-preserved and its shape is well recognisable. The ...

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