Documenting Ancient Sagalassos

A Guide to Archaeological Methods and Concepts

Edited by Jeroen Poblome

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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).

Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

250 pages

40 pp. in colour

ISBN: 9789461665256

Publication: September 27, 2023

Languages: English


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 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


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