In many regions of Europe and beyond fortifications belong to the most impressive of archaeological remains. Their study has a long tradition and today a multitude of aspects about architecture, function or symbolism has been explored. However, fortifications are generally examined in a temporally, regionally or culturally limited context. Going a step further, this volume aims to bring into focus concepts of fortifications, which can be socially, symbolically or functionally, but also chronologically and supra-regionally aligned. An important question is to determine which fortification elements are culture-specific, and which can be regarded as convergence or even universal phenomena. Adopting a comparative view, the central aim of the volume is to highlight the diversity and the structural similarities of ancient fortifications. The chronological framework goes from the Neolithic to the Late Iron Age, and the geographical scope from the Ural steppes to the Iberian Peninsula.
Ariane Ballmer is a scientific staff member and lecturer at the University of Heidelberg where she specialises in European prehistory. Her research interests encompass Alpine Bronze Age, landscape archaeology, ritual practices and Early Iron Age fortifications. She is author of the monograph Topografie bronzezeitlicher Deponierungen: Fallstudie Alpenrheintal (Bonn 2016). Manuel Fernandez-Gotz is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, Executive Board Member of the European Association of Archaeologists, and winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Archaeology 2016. His research focuses on Iron Age societies in Central and Western Europe, the archaeology of identities, and the archaeology of the Roman conquest. Dirk Paul Mielke is a pre- and protohistorian and Ancient Near Eastern archaeologist working at the Freie Universitat Berlin and at the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster, Germany. He has excavated in Germany, Spain, Morocco and Turkey, especially as leading member of the long-time excavations in the Hittite cities of Kusakli-Sarissa and Oymaagac Hoyuk-Nerik. He has authored numerous fundamental articles on Hittite archaeology, archaeometry, Phoenicians in the West and fortifications.
1. Understanding Ancient Fortifications: Between Regionality and Connectivity - An Introduction Ariane Ballmer, Manuel Fernandez-Goetz and Dirk Paul Mielke 2. Environmental and cultural factors in the development of Chalcolithic fortifications in Bulgaria Kamen Boyadzhiev 3. Fortifications and violence in the Mediterranean during the 3rd millennium BC Vicente Lull, Rafael Mico, Cristina Rihuete and Roberto Risch 4. Pharaoh's Mighty Walls - Egypt's fortification system in the third and second millennium BC Carola Vogel 5. Fortification systems of the Aegean Bronze Age Walter Gauss 6. Hittite Fortifications between Function and Symbolism Dirk P. Mielke 7. Protecting Civilisation. Cosmological and Ideological Concepts behind City Walls in Assyria Simon Halama 8. Greek fortifications before the Persian Wars. An overview Oliver Hulden 9. Fortifications in and around Rome, 950-300 BC Albert J. Nijboer 10. The Iron Age Fortifications of Gabii/Latium (Italy) Sophie Helas 11. The introduction of the `Pfostenschlitz' concept in the fortification architecture of the north-west Alpine Hallstatt circle Ariane Ballmer 12. Agency in Architectural Choice: The Heuneburg Hillfort as Monument and Metaphor Bettina Arnold and Manuel Fernandez-Goetz 13. The purpose of Gallic oppida ramparts: a reappraisal Pierre Moret 14. Defences or defenders? New interpretations on upright-stone bands in European Late Prehistory Luis Berrocal-Rangel