Documenting Ancient Sagalassos

A Guide to Archaeological Methods and Concepts

Jeroen Poblome (Editor),

Category: Archaeology

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462703834

Publication date: October 18, 2023

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Number of pages: 250

Size: 234 x 156 x 10 mm

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Funded by: KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access

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Category: Archaeology

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461665256

ISBN: 9789461665256

Publication date: September 27, 2023

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Number of pages: 250

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The methods, concepts and practices of KU Leuven’s Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project.

Sagalassos speaks to the imagination in more ways than one. The authentic and natural beauty of the site no doubt plays a role in that. The Sagalassos Project testifies to the fact that its core business, archaeology, also appeals to the imagination. Learning about the past is fascinating, for young and old alike. Curiosity unquestionably plays a role in this. Archaeologists, as any other scientist, are driven to really know about past human activities. As they leave no stone unturned in their endeavours, archaeologists also stimulate the curiosity of society. The public at large is not only interested in the results per se, but also wants to understand how knowledge about the past comes about. This volume gives the word to the archaeologists and other scientists of the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. They explain their ways, methods and concepts as they reconstruct and interpret the past of the archaeological site of Sagalassos and the surrounding study region.

By bringing testimony to the broader discipline of archaeology, this book deserves to be read by scholars and students with an open interest in classical archaeology who wish to (re)discover some of the basics of the science and process. It will also be of interest to professionals involved with archaeologists and the wider interested public.

Contributors: Sam Cleymans (Gallo-Roman Museum Tongeren), Ebru Torun, Göze Üner and Özge Başağaç (independent architects), Rinse Willet (Radboud University) and Philip Bes (Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut), Fran Stroobants (Royal Library of Belgium), Dries Daems (KU Leuven) Johan Claeys (KU Leuven), Bas Beaujean (KU Leuven), Peter Talloen (Bilkent University), Ralf Vandam (Vrije Universiteit Brussel ), Patrick Willett (ARIT).

Ebook available in Open Access. This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Introducing the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project
Jeroen Poblome

How do we document ancient urban stratigraphy?
Sam Cleymans

How do we document architecture in classical archaeological practice?
Ebru Torun, Göze Üner and Özge Başağaç

How do we document ancient ceramic material culture?
Philip Bes and Rinse Willet

How do we document ancient coinage?
Fran Stroobants

How do we document time?
Jeroen Poblome

How do we document the beginning of Sagalassos?
Dries Daems

How we document ancient (suburban) life and death?
Johan Claeys

How do we document a concept? Social memory in antiquity
Bas Beaujean

How do we document ancient religion?
Peter Talloen

How do we document the past countryside?
Ralf Vandam

How do we document the past natural environment?
Patrick T. Willett

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About the authors

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Jeroen Poblome is full professor at KU Leuven and member of the Sagalassos Archeological Research Project since 1991. He was director from 2013 to 2023.

The volume provides an exciting overview of the innovative methodologies applied within the Sagalassos project. It is an important contribution to the discussion of research designs in modern field archaeology and will find its readers both among senior scholars and students.
Felix Pirson, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Istanbul

The ancient city of Sagalassos in the uplands of south-west Turkey was little known and little researched until the advent of a major research project by the University of Leuven in 1991. Since then the scientific achievements of a large interdisciplinary team has made this one of the best-understood cities and countrysides in Mediterranean antiquity. In this well-designed volume members of the team explain their methods and results across a wide range of themes: excavation techniques, town planning, economy, industry, social and cultural life, and environmental history. An excellent guide to state-of-the art classical archaeology. - Emeritus Professor John Bintliff, Leiden University and Edinburgh University

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