Cornell University Library/Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections

“One altar stone half buried,” the epigrapher John Robert Sitlington Sterrett recorded at the discovery of the Avercius inscription. A student at the American School at Athens, Sterrett accompanied Ramsay on his journeys through Phrygia, carefully copying into his notebook the many inscriptions they encountered. His drawing of the Avercius inscription (left) is accompanied by notes detailing the location, with mention of the town of Sandikli (just north of the findspot), some hills “immediately to the right” and a nearby fork in the road.