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Detailed Project Description

General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
AL261
Project Name:
Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project
Project Description:
"A multidisciplinary and diachronic archaeological expedition formally organized in 1996 to investigate the history of prehistoric and historic settlement and land use in central Albania, in an area centered on the Greek colony of Apollonia" (Project Website).
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Institute of Archaeology, Albania
University of Cincinnati
Dates of Operation:
From: 1996     To: 2002
Project Languages:
English
Albanian
Metadata Sources:
Project Website

Geographical Data

Zone:
Western Mediterranean
Country:
Albania
Province:
Location:
Pojan
Ancient Regions:
Apollonia
Illyricum

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
J. L. Davis
Address:
Dept. of Classics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221
E-mail:
jack.davis@uc.edu
Phone / Fax:
phone:( +1-513-556-1939 )
fax:( +1-513-556-4366 )
Investigator Name:
M. M. Korkuti
Address:
Instituti Arkeologjik, Bulevardi "Deshmoret e Kombit", Sheshi "Nene Tereza", Tirane, ALBANIA
E-mail:
mkorkuti@inark.edu.al
Phone / Fax:
phone:( +355 4 22 65 41 )
fax:( +355 4 24 07 12 )

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 112
Project Area:
2340.1 km2
Map Data Source:
Google Earth; http://classics.uc.edu/mrap/images/albania2.gif (the overall project extent is much larger than the intensively surveyed area around Apollonia)
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Chronological Coverage

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Ottoman
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Byzantine
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Classical
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Medieval
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Methodology

Approach:
Extensive
Intensive
Systematic
Non-Systematic
Site Survey
Siteless Survey
Diachronic
Temporally Bounded
Spatial Sampling (off-site):
Full Coverage
Random Sample
Stratified Random Sample
Deliberate Sample
Fieldwalker Spacing
 (average width = 0  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (0 m x 0 m)
Modern Field
Site
Transect
Structure
Scatter/Artifact
Geolocation:
Basemap more detailed than 1:10K
GPS Uncorrected
Basemap 1:10K to 1:50K
GPS Differentially Corrected
Basemap less detailed than 1:50K
GIS
Other:

Special Studies

Artifacts:
Architecture
Ceramics
Lithics
Coins
Metal
Glass
Terracotta
epigraphy
Iconography
Environment:
Geology
Geomorphology
Soil Studies
Stone/Mineral Resources
Hydrology
Climatology
Paleobotany
Dendrochronology
Faunal Osteology
Agriculture
People:
Ritual Studies
Mortuary Studies
Population Data
Ethnography/Ethnology
Written Resources
Cultural Resource Management
Remote Sensing:
Satellite Imagery
Aerial Photography
Geoprospection
Other:
Ottoman cadastral surveys and documents
Primary Questions:
How did the ancient city of Apollonia and its surrounds develop over time?
Excavation:
YES

Environmental Parameters

Geology:
 Igneous
 Metamorphic
 Sedimentary
Geology Other:
Topography:
 Alluvial Plain
 Coastal Plain
 Continental Plain
 Delta
 Desert
 Gorge
 Hills
 Island
 Isthmus
 Lakeshore
 Mountains
 Peninsula
 Plateau
 River Valley
 Steppe
 Underwater
 Upland Basin
 Urban
 Wadi/Oued
 Wetlands
Topography Other:
Climate:
 Climatic Altitudes of Mountains
 Dry-summer Mediterranean
 Dry-summer Steppe
 Highly Oceanic
 Humid and warm summer
 Humid Steppe
 Oceanic
 Permanently Humid
 Semi-desert and Desert
 Steppe
 Sub-Oceanic
 Tropical Semi-desert and Desert
Climate Other:

Bibliography

Entry 1:
Korkuti, M.; Davis, J.L.; Bejko, L.; Galaty, M.L.; Mucaj, S.; Stocker, S.R. (1998), "The Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project: First Season, 1998", Iliria, 253-273
Entry 2:
Runnels, Curtis; Korkuti, Muzafer; Galaty, Michael L.; Timpson, Michael E.; Whittaker, John C.; Stocker, Sharon R.; Davis, Jack L.; Bejko, Lorenc; Mucaj, Skender (2004), "The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Albania: Survey and Excavation at the Site of Kryegjata B (Fier District)", Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 17, 3-29




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