Gordion Seals and Sealings: Individuals and Society

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2005 - Art - 179 pages

The original publication of the 114 seals and seal impressions excavated from Gordion in Turkey, this book is the first diachronic monograph on the ongoing excavations at Gordion and provides the first historical and archaeological overview of the entire site, with the most recent archaeological developments taken fully into account. The seals range in date from ca. 1800 BCE to 400 CE, from the Early Bronze Age through the Roman period, covering some of the most tumultuous and most interesting eras of Anatolian history.

Dusinberre offers insights into the individuals living at Gordion, as well as sweeping developments in societal constructs at the Phrygian capital. In addition to detailed information about the seals and 237 meticulous illustrations of all related artifacts, this study examines their excavated contexts and considers the seals in light of associated finds and architecture. Interested audiences include scholars of seal art, Anatolian archaeology, and Near Eastern archaeology, along with those interested in early Christian history, empire studies, the Roman provinces, and Greek archaeology.

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Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre (PhD, Michigan, 1997) is interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge University Press, 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital, while Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (her third book) considers all of Anatolia. Her second book is a diachronic excavation monograph, Gordion Seals and Sealings: Individuals and Society (2005). She is currently studying the seal impressions on the Aramaic tablets of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (dating ca.500 BCE), and the cremation burials from Gordion. She has worked at Sardis, Gordion, and Kerkenes Dag in Turkey, as well as at sites elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean. Professor Dusinberre teaches primarily Greek and Near Eastern archaeology. She has been awarded six University of Colorado teaching awards, the Chancellor's Faculty Recognition Award, and the Faculty Graduate Advisor Award.

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