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Deconstructing the Destruction of King Midas’ Gordion

Deconstructing the Destruction of King Midas’ Gordion C. Brian Rose & Gareth Darbyshire (eds.), The New Chronology of Iron Age Gordion . Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011, 183 p., ISBN 978-1-934536-44-5. Any attempt to evaluate this volume must ask at the outset, why the authors and Gordion Project staff of the University of Pennsylvania Museum did not concentrate their time and energies fulfilling their academic responsibilities by publishing the “literally thousands of objects retrieved from the Destruction Level” (p. 61; hereafter DL) and those from the following Middle Phrygian (MP) period excavated by Rodney S. Young and Mary Voigt. Except for the Phrygian pottery, fibulae and seals, most remain unpublished decades after excavation, for indeed, it is these objects that must be considered when evaluating the dating of their DL context. One example is that only a handful of the 860 plus Greek vases, whole or as sherds, from MP contexts have been published, a task accepted by Keith DeVries over three decades ago but never accomplished. The volume’s authors refer to individual DL artifacts ad hoc , sometimes with a locus, but which remain unpublished in their full contexts. And the reader is requested to accept their revised conclusions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Deconstructing the Destruction of King Midas’ Gordion

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Review Article
ISSN
0929-077X
eISSN
1570-0577
DOI
10.1163/15700577-12341242
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Abstract

C. Brian Rose & Gareth Darbyshire (eds.), The New Chronology of Iron Age Gordion . Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011, 183 p., ISBN 978-1-934536-44-5. Any attempt to evaluate this volume must ask at the outset, why the authors and Gordion Project staff of the University of Pennsylvania Museum did not concentrate their time and energies fulfilling their academic responsibilities by publishing the “literally thousands of objects retrieved from the Destruction Level” (p. 61; hereafter DL) and those from the following Middle Phrygian (MP) period excavated by Rodney S. Young and Mary Voigt. Except for the Phrygian pottery, fibulae and seals, most remain unpublished decades after excavation, for indeed, it is these objects that must be considered when evaluating the dating of their DL context. One example is that only a handful of the 860 plus Greek vases, whole or as sherds, from MP contexts have been published, a task accepted by Keith DeVries over three decades ago but never accomplished. The volume’s authors refer to individual DL artifacts ad hoc , sometimes with a locus, but which remain unpublished in their full contexts. And the reader is requested to accept their revised conclusions

Journal

Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to SiberiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

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