Mobile lifestyle is frequently used to explain lacunae in archaeological evidence, such as the absence of permanent and longterm occupations in the archaeological record of 1st millennium BC Thrace. In this paper, I investigate the feasibility of Iron Age nomadic pastoralism, defined as an economic activity in which the whole community moves along with the herds. New paleoecological, paleo-diet, and settlement data produced by the Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project, when complemented by historical and ethnographic sources, show that the necessary conditions for nomadic pastoralism were not present in Thrace during the 1st millennium BC.
|Title of host publication||The Black Sea in the light of new archaeological data and theoretical approaches|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity held in Thessaloniki, 18-20 September 2015|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2016|
|Event||International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity (2nd : 2015) - Thessaloniki, Greece|
Duration: 18 Sep 2015 → 20 Sep 2015
|Conference||International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity (2nd : 2015)|
|Period||18/09/15 → 20/09/15|
- nomadic pastoralism
- subsistence practices
- Iron Age
Sobotkova, A. (2016). Searching for nomads in Iron Age Thrace. In M. Manoledakis (Ed.), The Black Sea in the light of new archaeological data and theoretical approaches: Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity held in Thessaloniki, 18-20 September 2015 (pp. 77-87). Oxford: Archaeopress.