The Fortifications of ButrintPaperback
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- Publisher: Butrint Foundation
- Format: Paperback | 210 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 228mm x 14mm | 581g
- Publication date: 15 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: Waddesdon
- ISBN 10: 0953555666
- ISBN 13: 9780953555666
- Illustrations note: c. 135 illus, 45 line drawings, 90 col
This work on the fortifications of Butrint which here appears for the first time in English is one of the single most significant archaeological discourses produced on Butrint during the communist era in Albania (1945-91). It encapsulates perfectly the political and historical paradigm within which the author was obliged to operate, and highlights the theme of ethnic, cultural and social continuity from the ancient Illyrians to modern Albanians. Updated with new illustrations, the book is an important contribution to an on-going debate about castles and fortifications in the Balkans.
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Gjerak Karaiskaj is one of Albania's foremost archaeologists and the former Director of the Institute of Monuments, Tirana. He has published extensively on subjects as diverse as prehistoric fortified settlements and early Roman fortifications, but is particularly noted for his studies of late antique fortified towns and medieval castles and towers.