The Excavation of the Prehistoric Burial Tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania [2-vol set]


Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 34
ISBN: 978-1-938770-00-5
Publication Date: Dec 2014
Price: Hb $169.00 (2 vols), eBook $134.00
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John K. Papadopoulos, Sarah P. Morris, Lorenc Bejko, and Lynne A. Schepartz

“The largely American team have worked closely with Albanians (both senior scholars and students), demonstrated great sensitivity to local history, politics and culture, and they have expended considerable time and effort on the conservation of finds, the analysis of local environment and survey, a summary in Albanian, and heritage management issues.”
  — James Whitley, Antiquity, 2016

The burial tumulus of Lofkënd lies in one of the richest archaeological areas of Albania (ancient Illyria) home to a number of burial tumuli spanning the Bronze and Iron Ages of later European prehistory. Modern understanding of the pre- and protohistory of Illyria has largely been shaped by the contents of such burial mounds, yet some were robbed long ago, others reused for modern burials, and few were excavated under scientific conditions. WheelWhat inspired this systematic exploration by UCLA was more than the promise of an unplundered necropolis; it was also the chance to revisit the significance of this tumulus and its fellows for the emergence of urbanism and complexity in ancient Illyria. In addition to artifacts, the recovery of surviving plant remains, bones, and other organic material contributed to insights into the environmental and ecological history of the region. Full analysis of all the skeletal remains, inhumed and cremated, enhanced knowledge about the demography and human population in this region of Albania. Finally, an intensive survey of the environment around the burial mound revealed the long-term history of its human and natural landscape.

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Recipient of the Jo Anne Stolaroff Cotsen Prize

Table of Contents

Part I The Excavation of the Tumulus

  • Ch. 01: Introduction
  • Ch. 02: The Excavation of the Tumulus
  • Ch. 03: Catalogue of Tombs and Their Contents
  • Ch. 04: The Relative and Absolute Chronology of the Tumulus
  • Ch. 05: Conservation at the Lofkënd Archaeological Project, 2004–2008

Part II  The Population of the Tumulus

  • Ch. 06: Bioarchaeology of the Lofkënd Tumulus
  • Ch. 07: Results of Stable-Isotope Analyses of Human Bone Samples from Lofkënd

Part III Analyses of Materials from the Tumulus

  • Ch. 08: The Prehistoric Burial Customs
  • Ch. 09: The Pottery from the Tombs and Tumulus Fill
  • Ch. 10: Objects of Terracotta, Metal (Gold/Electrum, Bronze, Iron, and Bimetallic), Semi-Precious Stone, Faience, Glass, and Worked Bone
  • Ch. 11: Analytical Studies of the Metal Objects from Lofkënd
  • Ch. 12: Textiles and Other Mineralized Organic Remains at Lofkënd
  • Ch. 13: The Lithic Artifacts
  • Ch. 14: Daub
  • Ch. 15: Bitumen at Lofkënd: Deposits, Sherds, and Containers
  • Ch. 16: Environmental Archaeology at Lofkënd

Part IV The Tumulus in Its Context

  • Ch. 17: Research on Tumuli in Albanian Archaeology
  • Ch. 18: An Intensive, Systematic Archaeological Survey of the Landscape around the Lofkënd Tumulus
  • Ch. 19: The Three-Dimensional Model: Digging into Information Design
  • Ch. 20: Lofkënd as Cultivated Place
  • Ch. 21: The Beginning and the End of the Lofkënd Tumulus and the Prehistory of the Kanun
  • Ch. 22: Heritage Management and the Future of the Tumulus

Tuma Prehistorike e Lofkëndit në Shqipëri: Përmbledhje (Albanian Summary)