ANATOLIAN STUDIES VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES: A Desolate Landscape? Mobility and Interaction in the Chora of Klazomenai during the Early Iron Age

20 October 2020 17:00 to 18:30 | Online

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An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with Elif Koparal (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University) and Rik Vaessen (RAAP Archaeological Consultancy).

Tuesday 20th October 2020 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

Over the past two decades or so, excavations at Klazomenai have unearthed a wealth of information about the Early Iron Age, showing it to have been a thriving settlement at this time. Accordingly, it is intriguing that systematic surveys in the chora of Klazomenai have turned up very few sites that can be dated to this period. In this contribution, we discuss the implications of this discrepancy between the excavation data and the survey data in terms of the relationship between the settlement and its surrounding countryside. We argue that the lack of identified sites in the chora does not mean a lack of movement or that Klazomenai was an isolated spot in an otherwise desolate landscape. Furthermore, we discuss briefly how the developments that took place during the Early Iron Age ultimately led to the emergence of the polis at the beginning of the Archaic period. Our principal aim is to highlight the importance of the survey data, not only in terms of exploring the web of relations in which Klazomenai was tangled during the Early Iron Age, but also for highlighting in more detail the diversities that existed in ancient Ionia.
Elif Koparal, Assoc.Prof. of Classical archaeology at MSFU, İstanbul. Director of KLASP (Klazomenai Survey Project) and the co-director of Klazomenai Excavations. Her major research focused on Ionian archaeology.
Rik Vaessen is currently working as an archaeologist and project manager at RAAP Archaeological Consultancy in the Netherlands. His research focused on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age in coastal western Anatolia.

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