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H 290 x W 205 mm

342 pages

191 figures, 20 tables

Published Jul 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789694369

Digital: 9781789694376

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Hellenistic; Black Sea; tumuli; painting; pigments; art; architecture; Diadohi wars; Ancient Thrace; remote sensing; geophysics

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A Monumental Hellenistic Funerary Ensemble at Callatis on the Western Black Sea

The Documaci Tumulus: Volume I

Edited by Valeriu Sîrbu, Maria-Magdalena Ștefan, Dan Ștefan

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Documaci Tumulus, a spectacular early Hellenistic funerary monument recently excavated on the western Black Sea coast, was built at the threshold of the 4th to 3rd centuries BC in the cemetery of the Greek City of Callatis. Excavations offer a glimpse into a complex and interconnected world of Hellenistic architects and artists.



Introduction ;
Chapter 1: The History of Research at Documaci Tumulus ;
Chapter 2: Research Objectives and Methodologies ;
Chapter 3: Broader Context ;

Documaci Tumulus ;
Chapter 4 The Place ;
Chapter 5 The Enclosure Wall (krepis) ;
Chapter 6 The Mound ;
Chapter 7: Sema ;
Chapter 8: The Tomb ;
Chapter 9: Plasters and Pigments ;
Chapter 10: Analysis of Stones Found in the Area of the Funerary Complex of the Documaci Tumulus ;
Chapter 11: The Hellenistic Tomb under the Documaci Tumulus – a Cult Space During The Medieval Period ;
Chapter 12: Catalogue of Ceramic Finds ;
Chapter 13: Small Finds ;
Chapter 14: Analysis of Faunal Remains Found in the Ritual Deposits of Documaci Tumulus ;
Concluding Remarks ;

About the Author

Valeriu Sîrbu is a senior archaeologist of the second Iron Age with more than forty years of experience. His main contributions are in the archaeology of ritual, magic, human and animal sacrifices, and sacred places and fortifications in Pre-Roman Dacia. ;

Maria-Magdalena Ștefan is an archaeologist dealing with tumuli graves in the Lower Danube area, Hellenistic tomb architecture and decoration, multi-cultural interactions in border zones and ancient identities. ;

Dan Ștefan is an archaeologist and geophysicist and an experienced analyst of archaeological landscapes with non-invasive methods, including LiDAR and aerial prospection. He has worked at more than one hundred archaeological sites in Romania, the Republic of Moldavia, Bulgaria and Greece.