On Sunday I fly to Turkey for two weeks of looking at Hellenistic to Late Antique pottery. The material is all from field walking to the north of ancient Antioch, some 30km from where I have been working in Bassit. This is a nice opportunity for me to test some of my working theories about Bassit: That it was an important supplier of wine to Antioch, that most marketing to and from the settlement was via Antioch, and that it was incredibly important in the 2nd century for wine, and again in the 3rd with the 'mortaria' which are exported extensively around the East Mediterranean in various guises until the fifth. I presented with Paul Reynolds a paper at LRCW4 last year about the products found in the Southern Levant, but given my suspicion that most economic activity from Bassit looks to the North I am
Preparing for Turkey
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I am a finds specialist, working on Roman and Medeival CBM as well as Roman pottery. I a based in Britain but work all over the area of the ancient classical world, including, to date, Lebanon, Syria,Bulgaria Tunisia and Italy