The Archaeology of Midas and the Phrygians
Recent Work At Gordion
Lisa Kealhofer, Editor
272 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2005 | ISBN 978-1-931707-76-3 | $55.00s | £36.00 | Add to cart
Ebook 2011 | ISBN 978-1-934536-24-7 | $55.00s | £36.00 | About | Add to cart
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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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.