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Hadrianopolis III

Ceramic Finds from Southwestern Paphlagonia

Ergün Laflı and Gülseren Kan Şahin
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471pp. Illustrated throughout in black and white: 203 plates and 20 figures (including 6 photographs)
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Pottery finds collected from Hadrianopolis in southwestern Paphlagonia (north-central Turkey), i.e. the region around Eskipazar in the Turkish province of Karabük are presented in detail in this volume. Between 2005 and 2008 an archaeological team from the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir carried out archaeological field surveys, excavations and restorations in Hadrianopolis and its close surroundings. During these four field campaigns, 1550 sherds ranging between the Pre-Iron Age (2nd millennium BC) and the Middle Byzantine period (late 11th-early 12th century AD) were collected, most of which consist of Late Roman-Early Byzantine (late 5th-mid 8th century AD) coarse ware. Thirty main pottery groups were derived, based on their chronology,function and fabric. A detailed description is given of each find deposit, the typologies and fabrics of wares, and a comprehensive catalogue is included with drawings and photos of each sherd. This book is the first extensive pottery report of the Turkish Black Sea area offering a continual picture of all the wares and chronologies available. From the Foreword by Roger J. Matthews, University of Reading 23rd September 2015: It gives me great professional and personal pleasure to write a foreword to Hadrianopolis III, in which the ceramic materials from the Paphlagonian site of Hadrianopolis and its region are published in exemplary manner by Ergün Lafli and Gülseren Kan Sahin. The volume contains the fullest possible description and discussion of a wealth of ceramic material from the 2005-2008 field seasons in and around Hadrianopolis. I believe this volume can stand as a model of how to publish archaeological material in a manner of most benefit to colleagues with a wide range of professional interests… Through publication of this volume, the authors demonstrate the unique value in cherishing, recovering, analysing and, above all, fully publishing the material evidence recovered in systematic archaeological investigation. Present and future scholars owe them a considerable debt as well as sincere congratulations.

Prof. Dr Ergün Lafli is a classical archaeologist at the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, who chairs the Division for Medieval Archaeology and is the director of the Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM). He was born in 1975 in Mersin, Turkey. He attended Sainte-Pulchérie French School and Tarsus American College, both in Turkey. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Ankara (1996), an M.A. from the University of Tübingen (1999) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cologne (2003), all in classical archaeology. Since 2006 he has edited or co-authored seven books on Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine terracottas, ceramics, metal figurines, glass finds and inscriptions from Asia Minor. Between 2005 and 2009 he directed an archaeological field project in Hadrianopolis, the Roman and Early Byzantine site that is the main focus of this book. He has organized numerous archaeological congresses in Izmir and published various material groups from Classical Anatolia. The present monograph is the fourth BAR volume by Prof. Lafli. Dr Gülseren Kan Sahin is an assistant professor of classical archaeology at the University of Sinop in Turkey. She was born in 1979 in Çanakkale. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Trakya in Edirne (2001), an M.A. from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (2005) and a Ph.D. from the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir (2015), all in classical archaeology. Since 2010 she has published extensively on Roman and Byzantine pottery of Anatolia. Between 1999 and 2007 she was a team member of the archaeological excavations at the Muradiye Mosque in Edirne, as well as in Assos. In 2013 she became the assistant director of the excavations at Castabala (Hierapolis ad Pyramum) in Cilicia. The year before she organized a minor workshop on the pottery finds of the Black Sea in Izmir. The present volume is the first book authored by Dr. Kan Sahin.

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