New Cities in Late Antiquity (late 3rd- 7th c. AD): Documents and Archaeology

International workshop organized by the Netherlands Institute in Turkey and the Istanbul Department of the German Archaeological Institute Saturday 9 November 2013, 09.00-18.00 Sunday 10 November 2013, 09.30-18.15

The Netherlands Institute in Turkey and the Istanbul Department of the German
Archaeological Institute are pleased to announce the organization of a workshop on the
archaeology of newly founded cities and settlements of the late-antique period, which
will take place in Istanbul on 9-10 November 2013.
The beginning of Late Antiquity was marked by the foundation of the new city of
Constantinople, while the cultural and social changes of this era were intertwined with
the story of the transformation of the Graeco-Roman city. The perception of urban
change in in Late Antiquity as decline, championed for decades by classically trained
archaeologists and historians, is now challenged not only by the more systematic study
of late-antique phases in pre-existing Greco-Roman centres, but also by the impressive
remains of significantly prosperous new late-antique settlements which attest to a more
complex and dynamic situation in the urban and rural space than once assumed. A series
of newly-founded, re-founded or relocated cities exemplifies new realities and ideals in
urbanism. As their development took place on sites without the monumental
background of a pre-existing urban environment, these cities allow insights through the
understanding of urbanism by the imperial government, and through local realities and
needs in the provinces. Late Antiquity made its own contribution to the network of
urban centres under the influence of a series of factors including imperial
administration, military needs, economic and demographic growth and the rise of new
networks of commerce and pilgrimage.
Several years of excavation and study have accumulated evidence on sites that were built
as cities during Late Antiquity – famously Caričin Grad-Justiniana Prima, Dara-
Anastasiopolis, Resafa-Sergiopolis and Zenobia. The meeting announced here aspires to
produce an overview of the state of research and a theoretical discussion on the motives
and patterns of city building and settlement development in Late Antiquity.
This workshop is organized in association with the research project "The Foundation of
New Cities in Late Antiquity", conducted by Efthymios Rizos at the Netherlands Institute
in Turkey and Koç University Istanbul with the support of the Scientific and
Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK).
Dates and Venues:
Saturday, 9 November 2013: 09.00-18.00
Merkez Han
(NIT and Koç RCAC Building)
İstiklal Caddesi 181
Sunday, 10 November 2013: 09.30-18.15
German Archaeological Institute
İnönü Cad. 10
Admission is free. For more information, please, contact:
Efthymios Rizos at
Jesko Fildhuth at
DAY 1 (9 November 2013)
Venue: Netherlands Institute in Turkey – RCAC Auditorium
9.00-9.15: Opening
9.15-10.00: Jim Crow (Edinburgh University), New Cities in Late
Antiquity: an Antidote to “Decline and Fall”? (Keynote lecture)
Session 1: The Tetrarchic and Constantinian Periods
Chair: Carolyn Snively (Gettysburg College)
10.00-10.30: Efthymios Rizos (Koç University Istanbul and NIT), New Cities
in the Balkans and Anatolia under the Tetrarchy and Constantine
10.30-11.00: Mitko Madzharov and Miroslav Madzharov (Archaeological
Museum of Hissarya, Bulgaria), Diocletianopolis: a Late-Antique City in
the Province of Thrace – New Archaeological Investigations
11.00-11.15: Discussion
Break (30 min)
Session 2: The Danube and Tigris Frontiers in the 4th Century
Chair: Albrecht Berger (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich)
11.45-12.15: Orsolya Heinrich-Tamáska (Leipzig University), Function and
Dating of the So-Called “Inner Fortifications” in Pannonia
12.15-12.45: Antoine Pérez and Martine Assénat (Paul-Valéry University
Montpellier III), La topographie urbaine d'Amida (IIIe s.- Ve s. ap. J.-C.)
12.45-13.00: Discussion
Lunch Break (90 min)
Session 3: New cities? The Revival of Old Centres
Chair: Elif Keser Kayaalp (Artuklu University Mardin)
14.30-15.00: Bilge Hürmüzlü (Süleyman Demirel University Isparta) and
Asuman Coşkun Abuagla (Bilkent University Ankara), New Investigations at
Pisidian Tymandos and Its Environs
15.00-15.30: Mustafa Sayar (Istanbul University), Late Roman Settlements
in Provincia Europa in Southeast Thrace
15.30-16.00: Olga Karagiorgou (Academy of Athens), Thessalian Thebes: a
Palimpsest Late Antique City as Good as New
16.00-16.25: Discussion
Break (20 min)
Session 4: New Settlement Patterns
Chair: Chavdar Kirilov (St. Clement of Ohrid University Sofia)
16.45-17.15: John Bintliff (Leiden University), Aspects of Settlement
Change in Late Antiquity from Regional Survey Evidence
17.15-17.45: Albrecht Berger (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich),
Zuflucht in den Bergen: Mokisos im sechsten Jahrhundert
17.45-18.00: Discussion