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General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
AL411
Project Name:
Shala Valley Project
Project Description:
2005 - Survey the cultural resources (archaeological and human) of the village of Theth and to describe in detail the unique culture, history, and landscape. 2006 - 1) induct intensive archaeological survey in the lower half of the Shala Valley. 2) Answer outstanding questions regarding the architectural and cultural history of Theth. 3)Limited test excavations at the Grunas site found in 2005. 2007 - 1)Intense Archaeology survey of lower half of Shala Valley in particular villages surrounding Abat. 2) Ethnohistoric and ethnographical surveys in the lower half of the Shala Valley to compare to Theth in 2005/2006. 3)extensive survey of Shosh and Kir regions. 4)chemical and geological surveys of Grunas, Gimaj, Okoi, and Stane at Qafe Thores. 2008 - 1)A detailed digital map of sites using a Total Station. 2) Compile better chronology and construction phases through excavation of a unit along the west, lowest terrace wall. 3)Undertake targeted excavation in order to determine: whether stone structures were built in the Iron Age or later, whether the taresses were occupational or agricultural, Whether there might be preserved middin outside the western fortification wall, Through chemical characterization analysis of pottery whether ceramics were made on or off site and imported, patterns of substances and seasonality through analysis of fauna and botanical remains and trace restricted analysis of pottery
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:
Millsaps College, National Science Foundation of t
Dates of Operation:
From: 2005     To: present
Project Languages:
English
Albanian
Metadata Sources:
The Shala Valley Project: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Field Reports

Geographical Data

Zone:
Western Mediterranean
Country:
Albania
Province:
Location:
Theth
Ancient Regions:

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Michael Galaty
Address:
Shala Valley Project Millsaps College 1701 N. State St. Jackson, MS
E-mail:
galatyml@millsaps.edu
Phone / Fax:
phone:( 601-974-1387 )
fax:( 601-974-1397 )
Investigator Name:
Ols Lafe
Address:
Director of National Heritage Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth, and Sports Rruga e Kavajes No. 4, Tirana 1000 Albania
E-mail:
olslafe@hotmail.com
Phone / Fax:
phone:( 601-974-1387 )
fax:( 601-974-1397 )
Investigator Name:
Zamir Tafilica
Address:
Museum Historik Shkoder Rr. Oso Kuka, Nr. 5 Shkoder, Albania
E-mail:
Phone / Fax:
phone:( 601-974-1387 )
fax:( 601-974-1397 )

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: Not Specified
Maximum: Not Specified
Project Area:
Map Data Source:
field reports and http://www.millsaps.edu/svp/
Google™ Earth File:
Project Location:
Project Vertices:

Chronological Coverage

Period:
Middle Paleolithic
Years:
From: 0     To: 0
Period:
Middle Medieval
Years:
From: 1000     To: 1400
Period:
Late Medieval
Years:
From: 1400     To: 1600

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 =  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (1.5 m x 15 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:
Tradition topography prospection
Primary Questions:
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:
valley, agrarian, terraces
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:
Galaty, Michael, Ols Lafe, Zamir Tafilica (2005), The Shala Valley Project: 2005 Field Report
Entry 2:
Galaty, Michael, Ols Lafe, Zamir Tafilica (2006), The Shala Valley Project: 2006 Field Report
Entry 3:
Galaty, Michael, Ols Lafe, Zamir Tafilica (2007), The Shala Valley Project: 2007 Field Report
Entry 4:
Galaty, Michael, Ols Lafe, Zamir Tafilica (2008), The Shala Valley Project: 2008 Field Report




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