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Archaeology and Urban Settlement in Late Roman and Byzantine Anatolia
Euchaïta-Avkat-Beyözü and its Environment

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Hugh Elton, Warren J. Eastwood, Hakan Yiğitbaşıoğlu, James M. L. Newhard, Sarah Craft, Peter Bikoulis, Joanita Vroom, John Haldon, Meg Watters, Alan Stahl, N. S. Levine, O. Adams, Pawel Nowakowski, Frank Trombley
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  • Date Published: July 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108457224

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  • The site of medieval Euchaïta, on the northern edge of the central Anatolian plateau, was the centre of the cult of St Theodore Tiro ('the Recruit'). Unlike most excavated or surveyed urban centres of the Byzantine period, Euchaïta was never a major metropolis, cultural centre or extensive urban site, although it had a military function from the seventh to ninth centuries. Its significance lies precisely in the fact that as a small provincial town, something of a backwater, it was probably more typical of the 'average' provincial Anatolian urban settlement, yet almost nothing is known about such sites. This volume represents the results of a collaborative project that integrates archaeological survey work with other disciplines in a unified approach to the region both to enhance understanding of the history of Byzantine provincial society and to illustrate the application of innovative approaches to field survey.

    • Expands the basis for discussion and understanding of the region and its history
    • Develops our knowledge of the evolution of provincial urban settlement in the Byzantine period
    • Suggests new strategies for field survey, data management and interpretation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The chapters in this book each serve as an important contribution to the history of Byzantine Anatolia and together have set a new standard for survey in the field." - Antiquity

    ‘This impressive study adds to the various recent publications that, after too many years of text-conditioned interpretations, finally demonstrate how Byzantine archaeology and material remains can contribute strongly and decisively to the complex and frequently misunderstood history of the later first millennium.’ Paul Arthur, Medieval Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108457224
    • length: 407 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.648kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Physical and historical introduction Hugh Elton
    2. Geology, geomorphology and paleoenvironments Warren J. Eastwood and Hakan Yiğitbaşıoğlu
    3. The survey: methods of survey, data collection and management, and artificial planning James M. L. Newhard
    4. Travel and communication Sarah Craft
    5. The countryside Peter Bikoulis
    6. The ceramics, agricultural resources and food Joanita Vroom
    7. The archaeology of the city and its hinterland Hugh Elton
    8. Euchaïta: from late Roman and Byzantine town to Ottoman village John Haldon
    Appendix 1. Remote sensing and geophysical prospection Meg Watters
    Appendix 2. The coins Alan Stahl
    Appendix 3. Assigning function to survey data using heuristic geospatial modelling James M. L. Newhard, N. S. Levine and O. Adams
    Appendix 4. Epigraphy Pawel Nowakowski and Frank Trombley.

  • Editors

    John Haldon, Princeton University, New Jersey
    John Haldon is Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History and Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, New Jersey, and the overall director of the Avkat Archaeological Project. His research focuses on the social-economic, institutional and cultural history of the medieval Eastern Roman Empire in the seventh to twelfth centuries; on state systems across the Eurasian world from late ancient to early modern times; on environmental stress and societal resilience in pre-modern societies; and on the production, distribution and consumption of resources in the late ancient and medieval world. He is the author of many articles, monographs and edited volumes, including, with Leslie Brubaker, Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era, c.680–850 (Cambridge, 2011) and The Empire that Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640–740 (2016).

    Hugh Elton, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
    Hugh Elton is a Professor in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, and served as permit holder for the Avkat Archaeological Project. He has been Director of the British Institute at Ankara and also directed the Göksu Archaeological Project. His research focuses on the ways in which the Roman state worked in late antiquity. He has published numerous works examining the practicalities of ruling the Empire, the impact that the Roman state had on Anatolia, especially on rural areas, and the effectiveness of the Roman army, and his most recent book is The Roman Empire in Late Antiquity: A Political and Military History (Cambridge, forthcoming).

    James Newhard, College of Charleston, South Carolina
    James Newhard is a Professor of Classics at the College of Charleston and served as the Field Director for the Avkat Archaeological Project. His fieldwork experiences include excavations and survey projects in Turkey, Greece, Albania, and the United States. His research focuses on the development of geospatial methods within landscape archaeology; the emergence of complex state systems; archaeological informatics, and ancient economic processes.


    Hugh Elton, Warren J. Eastwood, Hakan Yiğitbaşıoğlu, James M. L. Newhard, Sarah Craft, Peter Bikoulis, Joanita Vroom, John Haldon, Meg Watters, Alan Stahl, N. S. Levine, O. Adams, Pawel Nowakowski, Frank Trombley

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