Excavations at Zeugma : conducted by Oxford Archaeology / edited by William Aylward.

Other Title:
Zeugma excavations
Los Altos, California : Packard Humanities Institute, 2013.
1 online resource (3 volumes) : illustrations (some color), maps
Zeugma (Extinct city)
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Turkey.
Turkey -- Antiquities.
This work presents results of rescue excavations by The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) at Zeugma on the Euphrates in southeastern Turkey. Fieldwork was designed to salvage parts of the ancient city that slowly disappeared from view over several months in 2000 during the gradual filling of the reservoir behind a new hydroelectric dam near Birecik. At the outset of the crisis, PHI launched an ambitious program of excavation and conservation to document the ancient city for posterity. The result was an international collaboration on a scale rarely witnessed for archaeological projects. It is no surprise that this unparalleled endeavor has produced impressive results. These volumes present the final reports of these activities. Chapters on the architecture and decoration of the houses describe and interpret the vivid contexts for the archaeological finds (Tobin, Dunbabin, Bergmann, and Benefiel and Coleman). Alongside presentation of artifacts and contexts, a discrete set of chapters presents the results of environmental analyses carried out during the rescue campaign of 2000 (Meiggs, Charles, Gale, and Challinor and de Moulins), while another group explores Zeugma s enduring connection with the Roman army (Elton, Scott, and Hartmann and Speidel). Additional chapters on geophysical survey and site conservation convey challenges to the detection and protection of Zeugma s urban topography in 2000 (Van Den Hoek and Aylward, Nardi and Schneider). The editor s introductory chapter is the analytical preface to the data and interpretation presented in the subsequent chapters. It provides the project s overall framework for research, describes the archaeological deposits, lays out the site chronology, offers historical conclusions, and explains the significance of the PHI rescue excavations for Zeugma, a new benchmark for research on Roman housing and domestic life in the Hellenistic and Roman East.
Includes bibliographical references.
Description based on online resource; title from HTML title page (Packard Humanities Institute Web site, viewed on Sept. 17, 2013).
Aylward, William.
Oxford Archaeology.
Packard Humanities Institute.
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