Butrint 6: Excavations on the Vrina Plain Volume 1: The Lost Roman and Byzantine Suburb [Hardback]

Simon Greenslade(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789252132 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Butrint Archaeological Monographs | Volume: 6.1 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 448p, H11.75 x W8.25, b/w and color
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Butrint 6: Excavations on the Vrina Plain Volume 1


Butrint 6 describes the excavations carried out on the Vrina Plain by the Butrint Foundation from 2002–2007. Lying just to the south of the ancient port city of Butrint, these excavations have revealed a 1,300 year long story of a changing community that began in the 1st century AD, one which not only played its part in shaping the city of Butrint but also in how the city interacted and at times reacted to the changing political, economic and cultural situations occurring across the Mediterranean World over this period.

Volume I discusses the results from the excavations, tracing the development of the area from an early Roman bridgehead suburb during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD to a major 3rd-century domus, one of the largest of its kind in the province of Epirus Vetus, its transformation into a new residential center dominated by a Christian basilica in Late Antiquity, to becoming the home of a Byzantine archon during the 9th and 10th centuries when it was, in all but name, Butrint, and its subsequent uses following its abandonment due to the rising water table. This is followed by a description of the domus mosaics and a detailed examination of the basilica mosaics, analyzing the imagery, meaning and context of this intricate and detailed pavement, together with discussions of the Vrina Plain and its place within the story of Butrint and the wider Mediterranean World during the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Richard Hodges and Simon Greenslade

1. History of the Vrina Plain.
Simon Greenslade

2. The Roman land organisation of the Butrint hinterland.
Dave Bescoby

3. Early Imperial period: 1st and 2nd century AD – The Archaeology and growth of a

4. Late Imperial: The 3rd century AD – The Archaeology of a channel side
Simon Greenslade

5. The late 4th to late 5th century AD – The decline and re-use of the
Simon Greenslade

6. The 6th century AD - The religious house on the Plain.
Simon Greenslade

7. 9
th-13th century - A Byzantine central-place and its aftermath

8. The Temple Mausoleum excavations
Simon Greenslade and Sarah Leppard with Oliver Gilkes

9. The Monument area.
Sarah Leppard with Simon Greenslade

10. The Mosaic Pavements of the channel side Domus
John Mitchell

11. The Mosaic Pavement of the 6th century Basilica.
John Mitchell

12. The Roman suburb on the Vrina Plain and its issues.
Simon Greenslade and Richard Hodges

13. The Vrina Plain in the Late Antique
Simon Greenslade and Richard Hodges

14. The Vrina Plain aristocratic
oikos c.AD 830-1200
Simon Greenslade and Richard Hodges


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