Stained glass evidence of high living standards in ancient Bathonea

Nearly 20,000 pieces of glass have been unearthed and evaluated amid excavations at the ancient site of Bathonea on the Küçükçekmece Lake Basin in Istanbul’s Avcılar district.

According to archaeologists, the glass findings reveal that locals in the area 1,500 years ago had high living standards, using strained glass in buildings as well as window glasses.

Excavations in Bathonea are currently being headed by Associate Professor Şengül Aydıngün from Kocaeli University’s Archaeology Department. The finds were evaluated this summer in laboratory, storage and analysis works.

An expert on ancient glass design and the history of glass, Şeniz Atik, the deputy head of excavations, said the excavations unearthed large basilica-like structures and 20,000 glass pieces were found in graves on the coast of Küçükçekmece Lake, as well as numbers of window glasses and golden-gilded mosaic pieces (tesserae). Read more.

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