Pottery from the Kasserine Archaeological Survey
Abstract: The Kasserine Archaeological Survey was conducted by R. Bruce Hitchner under the auspices of l'Institut National d'Archéologie et d'Art de Tunisie (INAA) in central Tunisia from 1982-1989. At the time, the methodology of archaeological survey, especially in North Africa, was in its infancy. The Kasserine Survey aided the development of Roman North African studies and represented an advan... read morecement in the field as it focused on the rural landscapes of Tunisia instead of exclusively urban areas. Preliminary reports have since been published concerning the sites and the numismatic evidence, however, there has yet to be any comprehensive study of the ceramic material recovered by the survey. This report not only catalogs the pottery sherds from Kasserine and contextualizes them in terms of the sites at which they were found, but also compares these results with those from other surveys in North Africa. While this evidence strongly indicates an overall chronology ranging from the first - seventh centuries C.E. in the region of Cillium, there is evidence at many sites for some type of change in the settlement pattern between the third and fourth/fifth centuries. Overall, the distribution of ceramic in Kasserine follows the general trend found in more urban areas such as in the ULVS. Ultimately, this information is useful as it provides further insight into the role Kasserine played in the larger macrocosm that was the Roman province of Africa proconsularis.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Classics.
Advisor: R. Bruce Hitchner.
Committee: J. Matthew Harrington, and Lauren Sullivan.
Keywords: Archaeology, and Ancient history.read less