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Delta Evolution and Culture — Aspects of Geoarchaeological Research in Miletos and Priene

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During the last 5500 or so years, the Latmian Gulf has been silted up by the progradation of the Büyük Menderes (Maiandros) delta. Thus, the ancient sea port cities Miletos and Priene became landlocked. Based on the interpretation of drill cores this paper presents evidence that the area of Miletos consisted of islands when the first settlers arrived ca. 3500-3000 b.c. During the Roman era, strong siltation processes can be proven. When Priene was founded anew around 350 b.c., the eastern embayment at the foot of its promontory had already turned into a lake, whereas the western embayment was more suitable for a harbour site.

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  • Grape Seed
  • Delta Front
  • Roman Time
  • Ceramic Fragment
  • Holocene Transgression

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Brückner, H. (2003). Delta Evolution and Culture — Aspects of Geoarchaeological Research in Miletos and Priene. In: Wagner, G.A., Pernicka, E., Uerpmann, HP. (eds) Troia and the Troad. Natural Science in Archaeology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-05308-9_9

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