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Torbulok - a sanctuary in the Hellenistic Far East

Author(s): Gunvor Lindstroem

Year: 2017

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A sanctuary of the Hellenistic period was recently discovered at the village of Torbulok in southwest Tajikistan. Its discovery was based on a random find of a large limestone vessel, identified as a perirrhanterion – a vessel for Greek purification rituals. The excavations, started in 2013 by a German-Tajik team, gave insights into the structure of the sanctuary and confirmed the dating to the 3rd and 2nd century BC, as Bactria was part of the Hellenistic world. The unearthed installations and objects show the performed rituals were inspired not only by Greek customs – as the purification ritual – but also by local traditions, with a high importance of water and ashes. The site seems to have functioned as a pilgrim sanctuary, associated to an ancient settlement at distance of ca. 30 kilometers.


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Torbulok - a sanctuary in the Hellenistic Far East. Gunvor Lindstroem. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430445)


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Abstract Id(s): 13254

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America