The Late Roman amphoras of Thrace: the perspective from the Molyvoti Peninsula

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Mowat, Alistair
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The Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project is a diachronic study of the geography and human activity of the Molyvoti Peninsula and surrounding area, near modern Komotini. This thesis’ objective is to place the Late Roman (c. 4th to 7th centuries A.D.) activity in and around the Molyvoti peninsula in its historical and economic context by quantifying the 2014 and 2015 surface survey amphora assemblages, understood through theoretical frameworks from economic history. The densest cluster of Late Roman amphora sherds, found on the headland, may suggest port activity with a late 5th to early 6th century date. The late 5th century deposits at Dichin offer the best comparanda, suggesting possible military activity. Another scatter matches assemblages identified with the annona militaris, with a similar date range. Elsewhere, two distinct amphora scatters suggest peaks of activity in the 2nd to early 4th century A.D. and in the late 5th to early 6th century.
Roman Amphorae, Late Roman Greece, Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Ceramics, Molyvoti