New edition of the Dissertations series of NIAM-BAS
The 7th volume of the Dissertations series has been released - Typology and chronology of the hand-made pottery of the roman and early byzantine period (1st – 6th c.) on the territory of Bulgaria by Sirma Alexandrova (NIAM-BAS).
The study of the hand-made pottery to the south of the Lower Danube during the Roman and the Early Byzantine age is completely undeveloped. The lower chronological limit is determined by the inclusion of the examined territory in the boundaries of the Roman Empire. The ancient Roman model imposes another type of social and economic rules in the territories to the south of Lower Danube. From the Roman conquest, and for the next 600 years, ethnic and demographic changes occur influencing the development of the hand-made pottery. The upper limit coincides with the end of Antiquity in the southeast Balkans marked by the reforms of the emperor Heraclius (610 - 641) in the eastern Roman Empire and future Byzantium.
The research is concentrated on the territory of modern Bulgaria because of the intention to include to the highest degree the unpublished material scattered in museums all over the country. Limiting oneself to the Roman province of Thrace or the provinces Moesia and Thrace, would lead to a strongly unbalanced source base as these provinces embrace the territories of modern Greece, Turkey and Romania. Moreover, the boundaries of both provinces often change during that six-century period.
The aim of the research is to follow the development of the hand-made vessels within the limits of the determined time and space. The aims include: creation of a reliable reviewable typology of the examined pottery group; for the moment optimum collecting of the whole published material; as far as possible, identifying ethno cultural and production characteristics of the hand-made pottery in the Roman and Early Byzantine Thrace.
The usual archaeological methods have been applied: a typology of the forms, comparative, cartographic and stratigraphic. Methods of the statistical analysis complete the conclusions.
The book is bilingual - in Bulgarian and English. The material has been systematized in 1398 catalog numbers, nearly 17% of which have been published. The catalogue numbers correspond to the numbers in the illustrations of the vessels. The volume has 443 pages, contains 41 figures and the drawings are arranged in 136 boards.