Searching for nomads in Iron Age Thrace

Adela Sobotkova

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Black Sea in the light of new archaeological data and theoretical approaches
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity held in Thessaloniki, 18-20 September 2015
EditorsManolis Manoledakis
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781784915100
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
EventInternational Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity (2nd : 2015) - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 18 Sept 201520 Sept 2015


ConferenceInternational Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity (2nd : 2015)


  • nomadic pastoralism
  • subsistence practices
  • paleo-diet
  • Iron Age
  • Bulgaria


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