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Greek City Walls of the Archaic Period, 900–480 BC$
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Rune Frederiksen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199578122.001.0001

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Dating City Walls

Dating City Walls

(p.62) 6. Dating City Walls
Greek City Walls of the Archaic Period, 900–480 BC

Rune Frederiksen

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the process and challenges of dating city walls. Even in the presence of extensive academic research regarding Greek city walls, there are still numerous undated walls that can't be put into an appropriate historical setting. Nevertheless, there have been a growing number of excavations in the 20th century which is a huge step forward in the field of ancient history and development in city wall research. These excavations have produced external evidences in the form of inscriptions and sculpture remains. Other methods of dating are also discussed such as dating by masonry style, by examining its dimensions, type of architecture, and topography.

Keywords:   city walls, city wall dating, city wall excavations, inscriptions, sculpture remains, masonry

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