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Title: Urbanism beyond the Acropolis
Subtitle: The Tayinat Lower Town Project Surface Survey, 2014-2015
Author(s): OSBORNE, James F. , KARACIC, Steven
Volume: 43 Date: 2017
Although the capital cities of the Syro-Anatolian city-states (also known as Syro-Hittite, Neo-Hittite, Luwian, and Aramaean) have been excavated for generations, archaeologists have only rarely investigated their large lower settlements beyond the monumental buildings in the acropolis. The Tayinat Lower Town Project began in 2014 with the explicit goal of conducting systematic fieldwork in the lower settlement of Tell Tayinat, ancient Kunulua, the Iron Age capital of the kingdom of Patina. The first two seasons were dedicated to an intensive surface survey of the entire lower town, roughly 16 ha in size, in order to obtain as holistic a picture of the ancient city as possible before planned excavation takes place. This article presents the findings of this research, which complement and expand our understanding of urbanism in Iron Age Anatolia.