Borders in the Archaeology of Pre-Classical Anatolia and the South Caucasus (BA-IA)

Workshop Presented by ISAW & The American Turkish Society

With The American Turkish Society, ISAW will be presenting a lecture and workshop on April 10-11, organized by Lorenzo d’Alfonso and Karen Rubinson. The workshop, taking place on April 11th, will explore the concept of borders within the landscape of pre-classical Anatolia and the South Caucasus, areas with highly varied physical geographies and both past and recent political borders that have biased interpretation of archaeological information. Recent text-based studies on the historical geography of the region encourage the reconsideration of the correspondence between the written and archaeological records. Data from this area has been studied by a variety of scholars, some of whom look at it from “outside” and some from “inside,” to different effects. This workshop will bring some of these perspectives together.

Seating is limited, please email to register.

The workshop will be preceded by a lecture on Thursday, April 10th at 6:00pm with Drs. Mehmet Isikli and Marcella Frangipane presenting on their excavations at Arslantepe/Malatya and Ayanis. Visit for program and registration information.

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9:30 Welcome & Introduction: Borders in Contexts: Anatolia and the South Caucasus from the EBA to the IA, Lorenzo d'Alfonso (ISAW) & Karen Rubinson (ISAW)

10:00 C. Brian Rose (University of Pennsylvania) - Aeolia and Phrygia in the Iron Age

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Marcella Frangipane (La Sapienza University) - Were there 'borders' in pre- and protohistoric times? Upper Euphraties early centralized societies and Northern Anatolian communities: a long history of interaction in the 4th and early 3rd millennium BCE

11:30 Gojko Barjamovic (Harvard University) - Comparing Borders: Written and Material Culture Approaches to the Interpretation of Ancient Frontiers

12:00 Lorenzo d'Alfonso (ISAW) - Zones, horizons, landmarks and borders. Defining territoriality in Central Anatolia between the 2nd and 1st millennium BCE

12:30 Lunch Break

14:00 Mehmet Işikli (Atatürk University) - The Concept of 'Border' and Its Problems in the Context of the Kura-Araxes Phenomenon

14:30 Karen S. Rubinson (ISAW) - Boundaries in Time and Space: The Middle-Late Bronze Transition in the South Caucasus and Eastern Anatolia

15:00 Ian Lindsay (Purdue University) - Social Bounds and Seasonal Rounds: Territorial Implications of LBA Interaction and Obligation in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia

15:30 Tea Break

16:00 Paul Zimansky (Stony Brook University) - Urartu's Araxes Frontier

16:30 Emily Hammer (ISAW) - Territorial Control and Routes at the Eastern Edges of the Kingdom of Urartu

17:00 Hilary Gopnik (Emory University) - In the nick: Creating space/time borders at Oğlanqala

17:30 Discussion


This is a public event.

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