New book edited by ISAW Research Associate Karen Rubinson and Professor Lorenzo d'Alfonso


Borders in Archaeology: Anatolia and the South Caucasus ca. 3500-500 BCE, edited by Lorenzo d'Alfonso, ISAW Professor of Western Asian Archaeology and History, and Karen S. Rubinson, ISAW Research Associate, was published last month.  The volume, which contains thirteen chapters, including one by Roderick B. Campbell, ISAW Associate Professor of East Asian Archaeology and History, looks at how we may define borders both across the landscape and through time in the past.  Anatolia and the South Caucasus, although today divided into countries with multiple languages and modern histories, shared many societies and cultures in the past.  The volume grew out of an international workshop held at ISAW in 2014, Borders in the Archaeology of Pre-Classical Anatolia and the South Caucasus (BA-IA), sponsored by ISAW and the American Turkish Society.  Participants of the workshop as well as other scholars from many countries contributed to the book, an important contribution to a topic of current discussion in archaeology.  Chapters include data from recent excavations, many with color illustrations, and features on the cover a photograph of the Caucasus Mountains by Georgian archaeologist Giorgi Khaburzania that illustrates how mountains can be both barrier and connector in the landscape.