Sagalassos VI

Geo- and Bio-Archaeology at Sagalassos and in its Territory

Edited by Patrick Degryse and Marc Waelkens

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Since 1990, the ancient city of Sagalassos in southwestern Turkey has been the focus of an interdisciplinary archaeological research project coordinated by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The papers collected in this volume reveal how the meticulous systematic and interdisciplinary reconstruction of the ecology and economy of the site and its territory has enhanced our understanding of the ancient settlement and its inhabitants beyond the traditional aspects of classical archaeology in Asia Minor. Highlighting geo-archaeological, archaeometrical, and bio-archaeological work performed within the framework of excavations and surveys between 1996 and 2006, this important book's insights greatly enhance the promotion of real interdisciplinarity in classical archaeology.

PART I. THE GEOLOGICAL SETTING

  • The geology of the area around the ancient city of Sagalassos
  • Petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry of the rocks in the area of the archaeological site of Sagalassos
  • Testing diagnostic geomorphological criteria of active normal faults in the Burdur-Isparta region (SW Turkey)
  • Identifying active normal faults in the Burdur-Isparta region (SW Turkey): remote sensing, surface geology and near-surface geophysics
  • An integrated neotectonic study of the à‡anakli basin (SW Turkey): remote sensing, surface geology and near-surface geophysics

PART II. THE GEOMORPHOLOGICAL SETTING

  • Extracting archaeological features from very high resolution Quickbird-2 remote sensing imagery: A methodological approach based on the town of Sagalassos
  • Tephra from the Minoan eruption of Santorini in the territory of Sagalassos
  • Late Holocene sediment characteristics and sediment accumulation in the marsh of Gravgaz: Evidence for abrupt environmental changes

PART III. THE CLIMATIC SETTING

  • Depositional environment of Holocene cool water travertines in the valley of BaÅŸköy
  • Weathering of limestone in the historical buildings of Sagalassos

PART IV. EXPLOITATION OF LOCAL RESOURCES AND THE IMPORT OF SUBSISTENCE GOODS

  • Clays for mass production of table and common wares, amphorae and architectural ceramics at Sagalassos
  • Provenancing the slip of Sagalassos red slip ware
  • The Sagalassos quarry landscape: bringing quarries in context
  • Identifying remains of ancient food in the ceramics of Sagalassos: developing a method
  • The 1997-1999 surveys of the Anatolian fish fauna and their relevance to the interpretation of trade at Sagalassos

Format: Edited volume - ebook

ISBN: 9789461660473

Publication: November 5, 2008

Series: Sagalassos

Languages: English

Stock item number: 54203

Marc Waelkens is Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and director of the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project and the Centre for Archaeological Sciences at KU Leuven.


Patrick Degryse is Research Professor of Archaeometry and vice-director of the Centre for Archaeological Sciences at KU Leuven.

This volume has much to recommend it. Copiously illustrated and clearly written the book has one great strength: Waelkens and Degryse as well as each individual author bridge the divide between raw scientific data and archaeological context, embedding tables, charts and figures right into the archaeological narrative, ultimately heightening our understanding of this unique Pisidian community.
Reviewed by Andrea U. De Giorgi, Case Western Reserve University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.12.03