Galabovo in Southeast Europe and Beyond: Cultural Interactions during the 3rd2nd Millennium BC. Proceedings of the International Conference, 2427 October 2018 in the Town of Galabovo, Southeast Bulgaria
Category: Bronze AgeProceedings


   The archeological site "Asara" or "Galabovo", as it is knownin the literature, is a prehistoric settlement mound  one of thelargest in the Upper Thrace. Whether there were later settlements and whether there was a fortress on the top of the tell in the Middle Ages, we may suggest relying on indirect archaeological evidence. Only the old name Asara (meaning "fortress") and separate archeological materials without a certain contextindicate habitation during the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Modern construction activities have destroyed the upper part ofthe cultural layer and any reconstruction of the original silhouette will be in the realm of conjecture. Until the middle of the last century, the settlement mound was over 10 m high and dominated the surrounding terrain in the valley of the rivers Sokolitsa and Sazliyka, but nowadays the mound does not exceed 7 m. Today, the archeological site is well hidden among piles of coal, industrial buildings and chimneys. The Bronze Age layer, however, is fairly well preserved. Thus, the conference reports, published here, were dedicated to the its research. The data obtained from therescue excavations are rich, and our ambition is to place them in the background of what we know about Southeastern Europe and the northern part of the Eastern Mediterranean. We are grateful to all authors that contributed to the success of the international conference and submitted their reports, that we are now able to present you in this volume.   
   We shall not introduce the subject matter and the scientific value of the papers published in this volume, as we strongly believe that they speak for themselves. We consider all contributions a step forward in the investigation of the Bronze Age not only in Galabovo and Upper Thrace, but also in theneighbouring territories.


Table of contents

K. Leshtakov. Galabovo:Ordinary Things — Odd Things

D. Ilieva. Pottery Ornamentation during the Bronze Ageat tell Galabovo

H. Vasileva. Bronze Age Site near Ovchartsi, Municipality Radnevo:Features and Pottery

M. Semmoto. Early Bronze Age Chronology and Settlementat Dyadovo in the Upper Thracian Plain

T. Kancheva. Archaeological Complexes of the Early Bronze Agein the Ovcharitsa River Basin

N. Nikolova. What’s so Special There and Why Enclose it? Some Thoughts on the Early and Middle Bronze Age Ditchesfrom Upper Thrace

I. Gatsov, P. Nedelcheva. Some Observations on the Bronze Age Lithic Assemblagesfrom Northeastern Aegean and Thrace

H. Hristova, T. Popova. Plants and Environment: Archaeobotanical Researchof Bronze Age Settlements in Upper Thrace:Tell Himitliyata and Tell Galabovo

J. Boer. South-Eastern Europe within the Ancient World-systems,the Bulgarian Ingots Fifteen Years Later

T. Zimmermann. Rethinking the Great Void - the Inception, Idlenessand Balkan-born "second coming" of Anatolian LateChalcolithic Metalwork

L. Leshtakov. Chaîne opératoire  of Stone Moulds Production in Ancient Thrace during the Bronze Age

Z. Vasileva. Worn to Impress.Development and Significance of the Metal Spiral Hair Ornamentsin Early Bronze Age  Upper Thrace.

Z. Tsirtsoni. The temporal Framework of the Early-to-Late Bronze AgeTransition in Thrace and the Adjacent Regions

A. Popescu, B. Constantinescu. Bronze Age Artefacts of the Third Millennium BC: Case Studies from the Carpathian–Balkan Area

C. Schuster. About the Bronze Age Burials in the Necropolis from Brăiliţa (Romania).Yamnaya, Katakombnaya and/or Mnogovalikovaya?

J. Roodenberg. Looking back at Ilıpınar in the Bronze Age of the Eastern Marmara Region

G. Sazcı. A Bronze Age Settlement at the Southeastern endof the Thrace: Maydos Kilisetepe

M. Türkteki, S. Türkteki. Anatolian–Balkan Connections at the End of the3rd Millennium BC: A Ritual Perspective

M. Özdoğan. Earliest Organised Trade Joining the East with the West: An Overview on Its Consequences in Thrace

D. Yılmaz. Step by Step: Cross-Cultural Interactions Between Anatolia and the Balkans during the Third Millennium BC

S. Papadopoulos, N. Nerantzis et al. The Prehistoric Settlement at Perigiali, Kavala during the3rd millennium BC: Cultural Contacts with the BroaderRegion as Revealed through the Study of Pottery


Publisher St. Kliment Ohridski University Press
Language English
Pages 448
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding hardback
ISBN 978-954-07-5313-3
Creation date 2022
Size 21 x 29 cm

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