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Abstract

Wood and wooden furniture found in the royal tomb at Gordion.

Abstract

This spacious tomb 100 km SW of Ankara, Turkey, of the 8th century BC and probably that of King Midas of Phrygia, is in the form of a gabled log cabin (probably a replica house) inside a stone tumulus. The main design features of the building and furniture (a bed, screens, and 3-legged occasional tables) are described. The furniture was of original design and fine craftsmanship, featuring tenon joints, dowels, bentwood, marquetry and intricate abstract carving. Identification of wood samples showed the appropriate use of 6 locally available timbers: Buxus sempervirens (furniture only); Cedrus libani; Juglans regia (furniture); Juniperus foetidissima; Pinus sylvestris (building timbers only); and Taxus baccata.