Byzantine Butrint: Excavations and Surveys 1994-1999

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Richard Hodges, William Bowden, Kosta Lako, R. D. Andrews
Oxbow Books for the Butrint Foundation, 2004 - History - 424 pages
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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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Contents

The historical sources for Butrint in the Middle Ages
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the 199596 field survey
47
the extent and structural layout of the suburbs of Butrint on the Vrina Plain
64
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About the author (2004)

RICHARD HODGES is Director of the Institute of World Archaeology, School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia, and Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation. He is series editor of the Duckworth Debates in Archaeology series and author of many books, including Dark Age Economics, The Anglo-Saxon Achievement and Villa to Village.

William Bowden is the Packard Research Fellow in the School of World Art Studies and Museology at the University of East Anglia.

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