Journal article

Northeastern Anatolia: On the periphery of empires

A Parker

Anatolian Studies | Published : 1999

Abstract

Northeastern Anatolia during the Iron Age has long been neglected archaeologically, yet historical sources attest to its importance, located on the frontiers of the Urartian and Persian empires and witness to numerous incursions by diverse groups such as the Medes, Cimmerians and Scythians. The archaeological potential of the area was first revealed by surface surveys carried out in the 1940s and 1950s. However, with the University of Melbourne's excavations and surface survey of sites in the Bayburt and Erzurum provinces, there is now a significant body of material emerging for study.Historical and archaeological foci have traditionally been with the centres of empires, the core or optimal ..

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