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Amorium Reports, Finds I: The Glass (1987-1997)

M. A. V. Gill


The site of Amorium is located in western Turkey, some 168 km southwest of Ankara, and some 70 km to the northeast of the modern provincial capital of Afyon. Its strategic position explains in part its prominence in Byzantine times, when Amorium served as the provincial capital and military headquarters. This first volume in the series of excavation monographs details the glass finds from this important site. After a detailed introduction, the author describes in two sections the finds made between 1987-1992 and 1993-1997. In each section the glass is presented according to category and type, and is followed by context concordances. A short section of concluding remarks completes the volume. The Amorium monograph series will present the definitive final results of the Amorium excavations, which have been the subject of detailed preliminary reports since 1988. In planning the series, the editors decided to adopt the model set by other excavations by designating volumes for categories of excavated materials and for trench histories. These volumes will also contain technical reports on distinct groups of materials, such as textiles, pigments, human remains, flora and fauna. This first volume marks a substantial contribution to the study of Roman and Byzantine glass in Anatolia.