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.
1. Recent Work at Gordion -Lisa Kealhofer I EXCAVATIONS, HISTORY, AND DATING AT GORDION 2. Gordion: Exploration over a Century -G. Kenneth Sams 3. Old Problems and New Solutions: Recent Excavations at Gordion -Mary Voigt 4. Greek Pottery and Gordion Chronology -Keith DeVries 5. Reconstructing the Roman-period Town at Gordion -Andrew Goldman II INTERPRETING THE FINDS FROM GORDION 6. Textile Production at Gordion and the Phrygian Economy -Brendan Burke 7. A Decorated Roof at Gordion: What Tiles Are Revealing about the Phrygian Past -Matt Glendinning 8. Glass Vessels from Gordion: Trade and Influence Along the Royal Road -Janet Duncan Jones 9. A Preliminary Report on the Human Skeletal Material from Gordion's Lower Town Area -Page Selinsky 10. The Local Potter's Craft at Phrygian Gordion -Robert C. Henrickson III GORDION IN ITS REGIONAL CONTEXT 11. Settlement and Land Use: The Gordion Regional Survey -Lisa Kealhofer . 12. Ceramic Compositional Analysis and the Phrygian Sanctuary at Dumrek -Peter Grave, Lisa Kealhofer, and Ben Marsh 13. Physical Geography, Land Use, and Human Impact at Gordion -Ben Marsh 14. Ethnographic Lessons for Past Agro-Pastoral Systems in the Sakarya-Porsuk Valleys -Ayse Gursan-Salzmann IV CONSERVING GORDION AND ITS ARTIFACTS 15. Support and Conserve: Conservation and Environmental Monitoring of the Tomb Chamber of Tumulus MM -Richard F. Liebhart and Jessica S. Johnson 16. Recent Conservation Research: Soluble Salts in Gordion Ceramics -Julie Unruh and Jessica S. Johnson 17. Architectural Conservation at Gordion -Mark Goodman Bibliography Contributors Index