In this chapter, Dewar’s model is applied to Yambol dataset of the Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project (TRAP) to estimate the number of contemporaneous sites and habitations, and their mean occupation span. While correcting the raw survey data, I assess the impact of restricting analysis to functionally certain sites (habitations), and the Yambol results are compared with those from Kazanlak (see Chapter 9). After the application of Dewar’s model, the Early Iron Age peak in site counts is revised downwards, and the Roman period emerges as the apex of long-term settlement development. The low number of Late Iron Age habitations makes the period impossible to evaluate. Functional uncertainty has a mild impact on the data. Excluding sites that have an uncertain function, and thereby restricting analysis to the habitation dataset, leads to lower estimates of contemporaneous settlements but longer occupation-span averages than is the case in the unrestricted site dataset. Long-term trends in settlement dynamics remain the same, however, across both datasets. Yambol results are consistent with the corrected datasets in Kazanlak, although settlement evolution in Kazanlak inflects around the Late Iron Age rather than the Roman period. Despite abundant contemporaneous sites, the dynamics of the Late Iron Age in Kazanlak were unsettled and in flux, with communities moving more frequently than in Yambol.
|Title of host publication||The Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project|
|Subtitle of host publication||Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Associated Studies in Central and Southeast Bulgaria, 2009-2015 Final Report|
|Editors||Shawn Ross, Adela Sobotkova, Georgi Nekhrizov, Julia Tzvetkova, Simon Connor|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
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- occupation span
- temporal resolution
- synchronic analysis
- settlement patterns