Yassiada Conference

imageJustin Leidwanger reminded me of this conference that he helped organize:

Tradition and Transition: Maritime Studies in the Wake of the Byzantine Shipwreck at Yassıada, Turkey. A symposium honoring Drs. George F. Bass and Frederick van Doorninck. Nov. 2-3-4, 2007 in College Station, Texas. This intriguing conference coordinated by MPMMG member Justin Leidwanger as well as Deborah Carlson and Sarah Kampbell will feature many of the mainstays of research on Byzantine amphoras and maritime archaeology.

Scott Moore is contributing a paper that I am sure will include PKAP data:Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Early Middle Ages

The 7th century A.D. Yassiada shipwreck produced a spectacular group of 900 amphoras aboard a relatively well-preserved ship.  The ships cargo has helped establish the ceramic chronology for amphoras as well as remind us of the Late Roman Empire’s continued ability to marshal economic resources even during the early years of the 7th century.  In fact, it is likely that the material found aboard the ship was destined to provision Roman forced fighting the Persians.  Moreover, inscriptions on the amphoras provide some indication that the church was responsible for collecting the material in the amphoras, low quality wine produced most likely on the west coast of Asia Minor.  Thus, it reinforces the evidence from elsewhere that the church contributed in a very significant way to the economy and commerce of the period.

The Yassiada evidence might shed some light on the presence of an olive press crusher stone and press weight at Pyla-Koutsopetria, perhaps indicating that the church there had invested the capital for agricultural processing installations which would serve the local producers of olives.

I will be away visiting the students on the American Schools Regular Program for the rest of the week, but will certainly report back once I have returned.  

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