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The Maussolleion at Halikarnassos. Reports of the Danish Archaeological Expedition to Bodrum

7. The Pottery

A part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter (15) , and the subject area

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331 pages ill.
ISBN 87 88415 17 1

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About the book

Raised to honour Maussolos, a Persian satrap of the 4th century BC, the Maussolleion in Halikarnassos was renowned throughout the ancient world as one of its Seven Wonders. By 1522 the building had been completely torn down and reused to fortify a nearby castle.

Little else was known of the ancient monument until 1857, when C.T. Newton rediscovered the Maussolleion site. He removed what he could find of its sculptures - the source of the monument's original fame - to the British Museum, but while he answered some basic questions of structure, many were left unresolved, and his excavations jumbled much of the remaining materials.

The third major contribution to our understanding of the great mausoleum comes from the Danish excavations led by Kristian Jeppesen from 1966 to 1977. The results of these digs are analysed in The Maussolleion at Halikarnassos.

Vol. 7, The Pottery

Finally, Volume 7 is a study of selected ceramic finds from the Maussolleion site and the first major publication on Karian pottery since 1965. From a body of 120,000 items, the authors have emphasized in situ contexts related to the construction of the Maussolleion, and representative items from the large body of Hellenistic material.

Table of contents



Part A - The wares:

Fine wares:

Painted pottery, by Leif Erik Vaag

Black and red plain pottery, by Leif Erik Vaag

Mould-made bowls, by Leif Erik Vaag

Unguentaria, by Mette Kjær Schaldemose

Coarse wares:

Plain wares, by Vinnie Nørskov

Cooking-ware, by Vinnie Nørskov

Brazier supports, by Leif Erik Vaag

Pithoi, by Vinnie Nørskov

Transport amphorae, by Vinnie Nørskov and John Lund

Terracotta roof tiles, by Vinnie Nørskov

Summary and conclusions

Part B - The contexts:


Organization of catalogue entries:

A) Bothros, by Leif Erik Vaag

B) Western staircase - The sacrificial Deposit, by Leif Erik Vaag

C) Western staircase - Co-ordinate 3/10, by Leif Erik Vaag

D) Trench Q6 - layers 18-19A+B, by Leif Erik Vaag

E) Trench Q7 - Layers 3-9 and 11, by Leif Erik Vaag

F) Trench R12, Layer 1, by Leif Erik Vaag

G) Well C, by Vinnie Nørskov

H) Well A, by John Lund

I) Well B, by Vinnie Nørskov

J) Trench R13, by Leif Erik Vaag

K) Trench R1, by Leif Erik Vaag

L) Selected finds from various other Maussolleion contexts, by Leif Erik Vaag



List of figures

List of plates

Press reviews

Frank Rumscheid Gnomon, Kritische Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft

"Insgesamt bietet der Band eine grundlegende Erstpublikation solider archäologischer Forschung im Bereich des Maussolleions. Mehr noch: Einige Ergebnisse führen dazu, langgepflegte Forschungsmeinungen zur vormaussolleischen Nutzung des Areals und zu den Umständen der Haupstadtverlegung unter Maussolos neu zu überdenken."

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