Byzantine Butrint: Excavations and Surveys 1994-99 [Paperback]

Richard Hodges(Author); William Bowden(Author); Kosta Lako(Author)

ISBN: 9781789253436 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: BUTRINT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS | Volume: 2 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 432p, H11.75 x W8.25, 88 b/w pls, 169 b/w illus, 31 col pls, 16 col illu
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Byzantine Butrint


The ancient walled town of Butrint sits at the crossroads of the Mediterranean. In its heyday it could command sea-routes up the Adriatic Sea to the north, across the Mediterranean to the west, and south through the Ionian islands. It also controlled a land-route into the mountainous Balkan interior. For much of its long history it occupied a hill on a bend in the Vivari Channel, which connects the Straits to the large inland lagoon of Lake Butrint. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, Butrint covers an area of around 16 ha, but geophysical survey has shown that at times it was almost twice this size. The site itself is made up of two parts: the acropolis and the lower city. The acropolis is a long narrow hill, whose sides are accentuated by a circuit of walls that separate it from the natural and artificial terraces gathered around the flanks of the hill. The lower city occupies the lower-lying contours down to the edge of the Vivari Channel. This book brings to life this extraordinary Byzantine town, with chapters on the historical sources, various aspects of the archaeological excavation and survey, finds of pottery and environmental remains.

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"deserves high praise for the implementation of a clear-sighted research design, rising to the challenge of extending the range of approaches to the site, and for its determination to improve the standards of archaeological research in the region.'"
Andrew Poulter
Antiquity (2006)

"A peculiar strength of this volume is that it can serve simultaneously to introduce historians to the region and its historiography and to stimulate the thinking of advanced practitioners.'"
Florin Curta
Early Medieval Europe (2005)

"a reassuringly full and thorough publication which promises much for the future volumes.'"
Neil Christie
Medieval Archaeology (2006)

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