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The Archaeology of Byzantine AnatoliaFrom the End of Late Antiquity until the Coming of the Turks$
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Philipp Niewohner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610463.001.0001

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(p.217) Chapter Sixteen Assos
The Archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia

Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan

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Early Byzantine occupation at Assos is attested through the remains of churches and houses inside the ancient city, a cemetery church, and the presence of couple of neighboring villages with their own churches. Archaeological evidence peters out in the second quarter of the seventh century, and there is some evidence for earthquake destruction and abandonment around that time. Late eighth- or early-ninth-century burials were laid out in and around the cemetery church. In the eleventh to twelfth century the church itself was renovated twice, which resulted in the transformation of the original, early Byzantine basilica into a single nave plus side rooms for burials. Otherwise only the fortress on the acropolis above the ancient city can be assigned to the later Byzantine period. It had five towers and included cisterns and storage buildings.

Keywords:   Shops, Houses, Cemetery church, Small finds, Villages, Domed church, Burials, Fortress

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