Academic thesis

Barbara Rankl: THE SARCOPHAGI GARDEN IN EPHESUS Condition survey of 21 sarcophagi and conservation of the “Amazon Battle” sarcophagus Back
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Abstract: The focus of this thesis is the chest of the so-called “Amazon Battle” sarcophagus dated around
190 BC, from the harbor necropolis in Ephesus. It was excavated in the 1930s and is currently
presented, together with 20 other stone coffins in the Sarcophagi Garden on Ephesus’
archaeological site in Turkey. The object is carved out of pentelic marble with an
amazonomachy frieze on all four sides.
The thesis’ second main emphasis is the technological condition survey of all objects in the
Sarcophagi Garden, and concludes with a technological and condition analysis. The “Amazon
Battle” sarcophagus’ poor condition requires conservation which will be undertaken by the
Institute of Conservation and Restoration, and which will include scientific analysis of the
deterioration caused by weathering and biological colonization. As a result of the practical
treatment, this thesis generates a scientific foundation for future conservation on similar
projects in Ephesus.


Keywords: Marble, Consolidation, Maintenance, Stone coffin, Tool-marks
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2016
  • Language:  German

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