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Interpreting Finds In Context: Nicopolis And Dichin Revisited

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It is no easy task to reconstruct human activity from layers or objects excavated on archaeological sites. The reconstruction of a stratigraphic sequence (integrating finds in the process) can change the interpretation of a deposit. Sometimes, rich deposits created during a sudden destruction of a building can provide better evidence for the use of the structure. This chapter discusses the importance of careful reflection on the nature and formation of such deposits, and their associated finds, before proceeds cautiously towards interpretation, balancing the scales of evidence and explores the merits of each of a range of possible explanations. The British excavations on the site of the ancient city of Nicopolis and the Early Byzantine fortress at Dichin, in northern Bulgaria, provide a number of relevant examples, starting with straightforward examples, and then moving on to more complex case studies.

Keywords: archaeological sites; British excavations; Bulgaria; Dichin; Early Byzantine fortress; Nicopolis



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