The Archaeology of Midas and the Phrygians: Recent Work at Gordion

The Archaeology of Midas and the Phrygians: Recent Work at Gordion


By (author) Lisa Kealhofer

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  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
  • Format: Hardback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 1931707766
  • ISBN 13: 9781931707763
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: b/w figs, 8 col pls

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Gordion, located in central Anatolia, was discovered in 1893 and has been the subject of investigations and research since then, but most notably since 1950 under the auspices of the Pennsylvania University Museum. Whilst reports of work carried out at Gordion can be found in the University of Pennsylvania Museum Monograph series, this book provides a discursive summary of research being carried out at this key site identified as the old Phrygian capital. The essays are divided into sections on the history of excavations and dating, interpretations of finds, Gordion and its regional context with particular reference to the results of regional survey and ethnographic studies, and conservation work. More specifically, the essays provide important insights into the local and regional context of Gordion and the extent of its connections and influence. Papers on textile production, glass vessels, pottery, human remains, geography, settlement and landuse, to name but a few, bring fresh insights into the consolidation of the Phyrgian state, interaction with the Hittite Empire, local and regional trade and exchange systems, economic and political structures, from the Early Bronze Age to the early first millennium AD.

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Table of contents

1. Recent Work at Gordion -Lisa Kealhofer I EXCAVATIONS, HISTORY, AND DATING AT GORDION 2. Gordion: Exploration over a Century -G. Kenneth Sams 3. Old Problems and New Solutions: Recent Excavations at Gordion -Mary Voigt 4. Greek Pottery and Gordion Chronology -Keith DeVries 5. Reconstructing the Roman-period Town at Gordion -Andrew Goldman II INTERPRETING THE FINDS FROM GORDION 6. Textile Production at Gordion and the Phrygian Economy -Brendan Burke 7. A Decorated Roof at Gordion: What Tiles Are Revealing about the Phrygian Past -Matt Glendinning 8. Glass Vessels from Gordion: Trade and Influence Along the Royal Road -Janet Duncan Jones 9. A Preliminary Report on the Human Skeletal Material from Gordion's Lower Town Area -Page Selinsky 10. The Local Potter's Craft at Phrygian Gordion -Robert C. Henrickson III GORDION IN ITS REGIONAL CONTEXT 11. Settlement and Land Use: The Gordion Regional Survey -Lisa Kealhofer . 12. Ceramic Compositional Analysis and the Phrygian Sanctuary at Dumrek -Peter Grave, Lisa Kealhofer, and Ben Marsh 13. Physical Geography, Land Use, and Human Impact at Gordion -Ben Marsh 14. Ethnographic Lessons for Past Agro-Pastoral Systems in the Sakarya-Porsuk Valleys -Ayse Gursan-Salzmann IV CONSERVING GORDION AND ITS ARTIFACTS 15. Support and Conserve: Conservation and Environmental Monitoring of the Tomb Chamber of Tumulus MM -Richard F. Liebhart and Jessica S. Johnson 16. Recent Conservation Research: Soluble Salts in Gordion Ceramics -Julie Unruh and Jessica S. Johnson 17. Architectural Conservation at Gordion -Mark Goodman Bibliography Contributors Index