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BOOKS | 2017

31 May 2020

Boeotia Project, Volume II: The City of Thespiai. Survey at a Complex Urban Site

John Bintliff, Emeri Farinetti, Božidar Slapšak & Antony Snodgrass

Boeotia Project, Volume II: The City of Thespiai. Survey at a Complex Urban Site

City: Cambridge

Year: 2017

Publisher: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Series: McDonald Institute Monographs

Description: Hardback, 414 p., 41 b/w tables, 327 b/w and colour figures, 22,3 x 29 cm


Few major Classical cities have disappeared so completely from view, over the centuries, as Thespiai in Central Greece. Only the technique of intensive field survey, carefully adapted to a large urban site and reinforced by historical investigation, has made it possible to recover from oblivion much of its life of seven millennia.

The work of the Boeotia Project took place during the years 1985 and 1986. The 1985 field season proceeded in two stages: from 14 July to 5 August, a team from the University of Cambridge operated in the rural territory to the west and north of ancient Thespiai, halting its coverage as soon as it reached the apparent edge of the built-up city area; then, from 6 to 28 August, a team from the University of Bradford took over, with the more intensive survey of the city itself. This team covered approximately half of the urban area that year, and completed their task in the 1986 season.


Contributors [viii]
Figures [ix-xiv]
Tables [xv-xvi]

Preface [xvii-xviii]
John Bintliff & Antony Snodgrass

Chapter 1. Introduction: the survey of the city of Thespiai [1-4]

Chapter 2. The site of ancient Thespiai and the early travellers [5-18]

Chapter 3(a). Interpreting the density and period map series: methodology [19-33]

Chapter 3(b): Interpreting the density and period map series: the analysis [35-64]

Chapter 3(c). Interpreting the density and period map series: the final period maps [65-139]

Chapter 4. The architectural survey [141-198]

Chapter 5. A brief history of independent Thespiai [199-218]

Chapter 6. Thespiai: the epigraphic city down to 171 BC [219-230]
Robin Osborne

 Chapter 7. The Roman fate of Thespiai (171 BC – fourth century AD) [231-239]
Christel Müller

Chapter 8. The history of Thespiai and Boeotia from Late Antiquity to the Frankish period [241-253]
Athanasios K. Vionis & Chrystalla Loizou

Chapter 9. Thespia – Zogra Kobila – Erimokastro – Kaskaveli in the Ottoman Period, according to unpublished or little-known Ottoman Administrative Sources [255-266]
Machiel Kiel

Chapter 10(a). The Neolithic site at the Thespiai Magoula [267-280]
Kalliope Sarri

Chapter 10(b). The Bronze Age pottery [281-286]
Oliver Dickinson

Chapter 11. The pottery of the Early Iron Age to the Hellenistic periods [287-316]
Vladimir Stissi

Chapter 12. Urban Thespiai: the Late Hellenistic to Late Roman pottery [317-349]
Philip Bes & Jeroen Poblome

Chapter 13. The Byzantine to Early Modern pottery from Thespiai [351-374]
Athanasios K. Vionis

Chapter 14. The coins of Thespiai [375-386]
Catherine Grandjean

Chapter 15. Conclusion [387-390]

Bibliography [391-412]
Index [413-414]

Appendices on CD

  1. Remaining period maps (Ch.3)
  2. 1985 pottery database spreadsheet (Ch.3)
  3. 1986 pottery database spreadsheet (Ch.3)
  4. The ‘Rome Catalogue’ (Ch.4)
  5. Pottery catalogue to accompany Chapter 12
  6. Catalogue of Byzantine to Early Modern pottery to accompany Chapter 13

Additional appendix on CD:

  1. Table of artefact density and visibility measurements for Thespiai City (Ch.3b)


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