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By Chris Lightfoot

ISBN-10: 975829380X

ISBN-13: 9789758293803

Even though much less popular than a few Anatolian websites, it really is Amorium's importance as an enormous payment after the Roman interval that makes it so very important. The excavation programme's major goal has been to make clear the Byzantine cost that flourished the following until eventually the eleventh century advert. This guidebook is an try to fill in the various gaps within the archaeology, and to deliver town and its heritage again to lifestyles.

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Endowed with a massive new circuit of defences. The most striking feature of the Lower City walls is their length. Although today little of their size and height can be seen, it still takes a considerable time to walk around the entire circuit, following the traces that are visible on the ground. The construction of such a large circuit of fortifications at Amorium is in marked contrast to what was taking place at most late antique cities, where it was the norm for defences to surround a reduced area at the centre of the urban settlement.

The most common type of Roman tombstone at Amorium is known as the “Phrygian doorstone”, whose design resembles the main door of a house. 41 History and Archaeology many examples can still be seen in the modern village and in the Byzantine walls that encircle the Upper City. An important element in appreciating these tombstones is to note that the door panels often contain symbols and objects that indicate the gender or profession of the deceased. So, for example, a woman is represented by a spindle and ball of thread or a weaving basket and a comb, as on the tombstone of a cerA Phrygian doorstone built tain Kyrilla.

But the fact that the lands both to the north and south of the Emirda¤ mountains remained a war zone for most of the 12th century AD probably means that most of the settled Byzantine population would have been encouraged to leave, while the Byzantine spolia in the Seljuk tomb Turkish tribesmen who at Hanköy. 64 Amorium After the fall of the Byzantine city in the late 11th century the ancient name of Amorium was forgotten by the local inhabitants, suggesting that there was a radical change in population.

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