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Tumulus as Sema

Space, Politics, Culture and Religion in the First Millennium BC

Ed. by Henry, Olivier / Kelp, Ute

Series:Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt 27

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    April 2016
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    Aims and Scope

    Tumuli were the most widespread form of monumental tombs in the ancient world. Their impact on landscape, their allurement as well as their symbolic reference to a glorious past can still be felt today. The need of supra-regional and cross-disciplinary examination of this unique phenomenon led to an international conference in Istanbul in 2009. With almost 50 scholars from 12 different countries participating, the conference entitled TumulIstanbul created links between fields of research which would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. The proceedings of TumulIstanbul revolve around the question of the symbolic significance of burial mounds in the 1st millennium BC in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black-Sea regions, providing further insight into Kurgan neighbours from Eurasia.


    24.0 x 17.0 cm
    xxxiv, 1130 pages
    580 Fig.
    Type of Publication:
    Tumuli Tombs; Eastern Mediterranean; Black Sea Region

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    Olivier Henry, Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA), Istanbul, Turkey; Ute Kelp, University Cologne, Germany.


    "The text is accompanied by a separate volume of full-colour plates, making them easy to consult in tandem. [...] It is completed by helpful indices of names, places, tumulus names, and ancient sources. [...] this is a fabulous volume, and will be a crucial addition to any serious archaeology collection."
    Naoise Mac Sweeny in: Journal of Greek Archaeology 2 (2017), 461-464

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