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Lies Vercauteren studies some of the sherds from Tepe Düzen.

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

Suburban Survey: August 21-25, 2005

This week the sketches of all (remains of) structures recorded by Hannelore Vanhaverbeke and her team at Tepe Düzen were digitised (MapInfo); this will allow the correlation of specific architectural remains with varying ceramic densities and assemblage compositions.

The pottery collected at Tepe Düzen was studied typo-chronologically by Jeroen Poblome, Hannelore Vanhaverbeke and Dennis Braeckmans. The bulk of the material can now firmly be ascribed to the Early Iron Age (ca. 800-300 B.C.), with slightly less material datable to the Hellenistic period (ca. 300-100 B.C.), and only occasional Roman items. This confirms that the 22 hectares large fortified site at Tepe Düzen was the Archaic predecessor of Sagalassos.

We also welcomed Prof. Mehmet Özsait, his wife, and Mrs. Roodenberg on Thursday afternoon. The former two are experts on the pre- and protohistoric periods in the region and they could confirm the early date of the Tepe Düzen material.

The rest of the week was spent selecting samples from all ceramic waregroups for further macroscopic and geochemical analysis in Belgium. A start was also made in importing all collected data at Tepe Düzen (ceramic densities, assemblage composition, other finds etc.) in MapInfo (a GIS programme). In this way our data can quickly and visually very clearly be questioned as to spatial distribution characteristics.

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