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By Chris Lightfoot

Even though much less renowned than a few Anatolian websites, it's Amorium's importance as an incredible payment after the Roman interval that makes it so vital. The excavation programme's major objective has been to make clear the Byzantine cost that flourished the following until eventually the eleventh century advert. This guidebook is an try and fill in a number of the gaps within the archaeology, and to deliver the town and its heritage again to lifestyles.

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There is, however, no evidence to suggest that Amorium played a significant part in the marble trade or that a major school of sculptors developed there. Despite the proximity of the quarries at Docimeium (‹scehisar), the city also drew on a wide range of marble sources and, as we will see, the furnishings of the major Byzantine buildings of Amorium comprised marbles imported not only from other areas of Anatolia but also from Greece and elsewhere. Veined marble fragments from the Lower City Church (probably 5th-early 6th century AD).

41 History and Archaeology many examples can still be seen in the modern village and in the Byzantine walls that encircle the Upper City. An important element in appreciating these tombstones is to note that the door panels often contain symbols and objects that indicate the gender or profession of the deceased. So, for example, a woman is represented by a spindle and ball of thread or a weaving basket and a comb, as on the tombstone of a cerA Phrygian doorstone built tain Kyrilla. Other doorstones into a village house (Roman, depict fish hanging on a line.

It would appear that the local population retained no memory of the ancient name, so that by the 16th century the site is recorded in official documents under the name of Traditional bread baking at Hisarc›k. By then the area Hisarköy in 1997. had come under Ottoman control, and the excavations have shown that a small Turkish settlement, centred on the Upper City mound, persisted there well into the 18th century. However, this too disappeared, since the present-day village of Hisarköy was only established in 1892 when refugees from the Balkans were settled there.

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