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The Archaeology of Midas and the Phrygians
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This book is a succinct and readable account of recent research at Gordion, the ancient capital of Phrygia, long one of the key sites for understanding Iron Age Anatolia. The regional survey at Gordion has involved a range of interdisciplinary studies—archaeological, environmental, and ethnoarchaeological—to produce an unusually comprehensive understanding of how the landscape evolved, the patterns of settlement during the rise and fall of the Phrygian state, and its environmental constraints.

With a history of excavation of over a century, Gordion has yielded a vast store of material culture, some of which is spectacular. The Midas tumulus, the architecture of the Phrygian citadel, and the artifacts from several decades of excavations present unique challenges and solutions for conservation methodology. Analyses of these artifacts are providing new insights into the political and economic relationships of this region, particularly from the Early Iron Age to the Roman period. Presenting current work at Gordion contributes to the broader understanding of archaeology across the region and around the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. i
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  1. Title
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. 1 Recent Work at Gordion
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. I: EXCAVATIONS, HISTORY, AND DATING AT GORDION
  2. p. 9
  1. 2 Gordion: Exploration over a Century
  2. pp. 10-21
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  1. 3 Old Problems and New Solutions: Recent Excavations at Gordion
  2. pp. 22-35
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  1. 4 Greek Pottery and Gordion Chronology
  2. pp. 36-55
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  1. 5 Reconstructing the Roman-period Town at Gordion
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. II: INTERPRETING THE FINDS FROM GORDION
  2. p. 68
  1. 6 Textile Production at Gordion and the Phrygian Economy
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. 7 A Decorated Roof at Gordion: What Tiles Are Revealing about the Phrygian Past
  2. pp. 82-100
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  1. 8 Glass Vessels from Gordion: Trade and Influence Along the Royal Road
  2. pp. 101-116
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  1. 9 A Preliminary Report on the Human Skeletal Material from Gordion’s Lower Town Area
  2. pp. 117-123
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  1. 10 The Local Potter’s Craft at Phrygian Gordion
  2. pp. 124-135
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  1. III: GORDION IN ITS REGIONAL CONTEXT
  2. p. 136
  1. 11 Settlement and Land Use: The Gordion Regional Survey
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. 12 Ceramic Compositional Analysis and the Phrygian Sanctuary at D
  2. pp. 149-160
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  1. 13 Physical Geography, Land Use, and Human Impact at Gordion
  2. pp. 161-171
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  1. 14 Ethnographic Lessons for Past Agro-Pastoral Systems in the Sakarya-Porsuk Valleys
  2. pp. 172-189
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  1. IV: CONSERVING GORDION AND ITS ARTIFACTS
  2. p. 190
  1. 15 Support and Conserve: Conservation and Environmental Monitoring of the Tomb Chamber of Tumulus MM
  2. pp. 191-203
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  1. 16 Recent Conservation Research: Soluble Salts in Gordion Ceramics
  2. pp. 204-214
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  1. 17 Architectural Conservation at Gordion
  2. pp. 215-229
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 230-249
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 250-253
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 254-258
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  1. Image Plates
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