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July 2003-July 2010InteractiveDig Sagalassos
Sites selected for survey in 2004 (click for full map)

Photos courtesy Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. Click on images to enlarge.
by Marc Waelkens

Survey: Introduction

As in years past, surveys in the territory will start with revisiting well selected sites in the 1,800-square-kilometer territory of Sagalassos. These sites were identified during non-intensive surveys in 1993-1997. When we started these surveys, we ended up with two large gaps in the occupation history of our region: the Late Bronze Age III to fourth century B.C., and the post-seventh century A.D. periods. These gaps result from both a bias in selecting--beyond their real proportions--the highly visible orange to red-colored Sagalassos red slip wares (first century to seventh century A.D.) and our lack of knowledge of diagnostic regional wares for most other periods. Therefore, we now revisit systematically chosen sites, and we have done so for the past two years. They are chosen based on our increased knowledge of diagnostic pottery belonging to those two gaps. Jeroen Poblome has identified this pottery in the well-stocked depots of the Museum of Burdur or at Sagalassos itself, where the excavations of the last two seasons produced evidence of the post-seventh century A.D. period that stretched as far as the twelfth-thirteenth century A.D. During these seasons, Poblome established a good typology of eighth-sixth century B.C. Early Iron Age pottery and identified at least ten different fabrics of post-seventh century A.D. wares.

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