Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Lars Karlsson

Lars.karlsson@antiken.uu.se

Telefon: 018-471 7552

My scientific production can be linked to the three archaeological excavation projects in which I have been involved or for which I have been responsible, namely at Morgantina in Sicily, at San Giovenale in Etruria and at Labraunda in Turkey.

Morgantina

In connection with my four years as a graduate student at the University of Virginia, I participated in the excavation of the Greek colony Morgantina in Sicily, between the years 1983 and 1992. My work at Morgantina consisted of tracing, describing and partly excavating the city’s defenses. This work lead to my doctoral dissertation ‘Fortification towers and masonry techniques in the hegemony of Syracuse, 405-211 B.C.’. During these years I spent two summers excavating and studying Greek fortifications in Provence (Glanum & Marseilles). My dissertation analysed a special ashlar-wall building-technique employing headers and stretchers placed in such a way that they created ‘masonry chains’. These masonry chains anchor the two faces of the wall to each other and to the filling behind. I could show that the earliest walls built in this technique were the fortifications erected around Syracuse by the tyrant Dionysios I around 399 B.C. My interpretation of this wall building technique is that it is the technique called ‘emplekton’ in ancient texts by Pliny and Vitruvius. I have argued that this technique was ca thirty years later introduced in Greece by Epaminondas and by Maussollos to Asia Minor (and Labraunda).

San Giovenale

When I came to the Swedish Institute in Rome in 1993 as a research assistant, I got involved with the Institute’s excavations in Etruria. My three-year education in architectural history was a good background for studying the unpublished ‘aristocratic’ houses on the Acropolis of San Giovenale, excavated in 1961-1965. The book came out in 2006 called ’San Giovenale IV:1. Area F East. Huts and houses on the Acropolis’. It is a complete publication of the excavated architectural remains and the artefacts. The houses belong to the group of the earliest rectangular houses in Italy, showing how the Etruscan villages turned from oval huts to ‘real’ houses, soon also employing terracotta roof tiles. This change in house form was mirrored in tomb architecture and House I in the excavation area is very closely paralleled by the Tomba della Capanna in Cerveteri from ca. 700 B.C. These houses in San Giovenale are very important in the history of architecture in Italy, as very few houses from this period have been found (675-625 B.C.). In 1999, I directed a smaller excavation in San Giovenale in order to establish the course of the early fortification walls. We discovered that under the ashlar wall of the archaic period there were clear traces of a wooden palisade from the protovillanovan period. The excavation is published in Opuscula Romana 1999.

Labraunda

Already in 1993, I participated in the field work in Labraunda under the leadership of Pontus Hellström, then professor at Uppsala University. After my years in Rome, I got a teaching position at Uppsala University in 2001 and since 2004, I am the director of the Labraunda excavation project. The new project at Labraunda is divided into three study areas that I have initiated and which were given very little attention in the early excavations. Understandably, the early excavators had concentrated on the marble buildings of the central sanctuary. The new studies emphasize the surroundings of the sanctuary and the little known Late Roman period: I am documenting and excavating the five free-standing towers and the ring-fort on the acropolis; Jesper Blid of Stockholm University is inventoring all of the remains of Late Roman and Byzantine buildings; Olivier Henry, from Bordeaux University and now at Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes, is carrying out a complete documentation and excavation of the 80 tombs known around the site and along the Sacred Way, together with osteologist Anne Ingvarsson-Sundström of Uppsala University. The remains of the Sacred Way and the 42 spring houses connected with it have been studied. The new work at Labraunda will result in three new volumes: one on the ‘Forts and fortifications of Labraunda’, one on ‘Labraunda in Late Antiquity’ and finally a volume on ‘The necropoleis of Labraunda’, written by the three excavators responsible for the individual sites. Our work in Labraunda is published every year on our website: www.Labraunda.org



 

  • Karlsson, Lars

    The Walls of Syracuse. The Castle of Euryalos and the Fortification of the Epipolai

    Part of Opuscula, p. 286-288, 2016.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Terracotta Figurines from Labraunda (Caria). A brief note

    Part of Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée grecque et romaine, p. 523-527, 2015.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    The Sanctuary of Zeus with the Double Axe at Labraunda. From Nature Sanctuary to Persian Paradeisos

    Part of Zwischen Satrapen und Dynasten. Kleinasien im 4. Jahrhundert v.Chr., p. 75-82, 2015.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2012-2013: A preliminary report on the work at the sanctuary with a new reconstruction drawing of the sanctuary by Jesper Blid Kullberg and an appendix by Fredrik Tobin

    Part of Opuscula, p. 23-59, 2014.

  • Karlsson, Lars; Carlsson, Susanne; Blid Kullberg, Jesper

    Labrys: Studies presented to Pontus Hellström

    Part of Opuscula, 2014.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    The Labraunda hydrophoroi

    Part of Labrys. Studies presented to Pontus Hellström, p. 87-91, 2014.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Combining architectural orders at Labraunda: a political statement

    Part of 4th century Karia. Defining a Karian identity under the Hekatomnids, p. 65-80, 2013.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    I Argolis med Gullög eller polygonalmurens revansch

    Part of Institutionens historier, p. 223-225, 2013.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    The building techniques in the fortification towers of Labraunda

    Part of A Festschrift för Orhan Bingöl on the occasion of his 67th birthday, p. 261-272, 2013.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2011. A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations with an appendix by R. Hedlund

    Part of Opuscula. Annula of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, p. 49-87, 2012.

  • Karlsson, Lars; Blid, Jesper; Henry, Olivier; Hedlund, Ragnar et al.

    Labraunda 2011: A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations with an appendix by R. Hedlund

    Part of Opuscula, p. 49-87, 2012.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2010. A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations

    Part of Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, p. 19-67, 2011.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Zeuskult i Labraunda. Från naturhelgedom till persisk paradeisos

    Part of Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsala. Årsbok, p. 15-29, 2011.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2008

    Part of Kazi Sonuclari Toplantisi, p. 355-371, 2010.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2009

    Part of Aktüel Arkeoloji, p. 20-23, 2010.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2009: A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations with contributions by Jesper Blid and Olivier Henry’

    Part of Opuscula 3 2010, 2010.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda:  The Sanctuary of the Weather God of Heaven

    Part of Mylasa Labraunda, p. 10-61, 2010.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda

    Part of Aktüel Arkeoloji, p. 24-26, 2009.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2007

    Part of Kazi Sonuclari Toplantisi, 2009.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2008.: A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations with contributions by Jesper Blid and Olivier Henry

    Part of Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome., p. 57-87, 2009.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2009

    Part of Aktüel Arkeoloji, p. 24-26, 2009.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    A Carian graffito from Labraunda

    Part of Kadmos, p. 171-176, 2008.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    A New Inscription from Labraunda. Honorary Decree for Olympichos (Labraunda no. 134 and no. 49)

    Part of Epigraphica Anatolica, p. 39-52, 2008.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2004-2007: A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations

    Part of Istanbuler Mitteilungen, p. 109-133, 2008.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2004-2007: A preliminary report on the Swedish excavations with contributions by Olivier Henry and Jesper Blid

    Part of Istanbuler Mitteilungen, p. 109-133, 2008.

  • Karlsson, Lars; Hellström, Pontus

    Labraunda. Swedish Excavations and Researches: The Fortifications, the Sacred Road and the Spring Houses

    Part of Istanbuler Mitteilungen, 2008.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    The City Walls of Morgantina

    Part of Istanbuler Mitteilungen, 2008.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labranda. En port in i historien. Att gräva fram en hel kultur

    Part of Arkitektur, p. 32-35, 2006.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labraunda 2005

    Part of Bolletino di Iasos di Caria, p. 29-32, 2006.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    San Giovenale.  Area F East. Huts and houses on the Acropolis: San Giovenale. Results of excavations conducted by the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies at Rome and the Soprintendenza alle antichità dell’Etruria Meridionale

    Part of Bolletino di Iasos di Caria, 2006.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    San Giovenale IV.1. Area F East. Huts and Houses on the Acropolis

    Part of Bolletino di Iasos di Caria, 2006.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Theokritos sånger tolkade och kommenterade av Ingvar Björkeson

    Part of Hellenika, p. 10-, 2005.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Kilimer från Konya

    Part of Dragomanen: Årsskrift utgiven av Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul och Föreningen Svenska Istanbulinstitutets Vänner, p. 14-26, 2004.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labranda 2004

    Part of Dragomanen: Årsskrift utgiven av Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul och Föreningen Svenska Istanbulinstitutets vänner, p. 86-92, 2004.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Laserscanning i Labranda, Turkiet 2004

    Part of Medusa, p. 32-37, 2004.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Recension av boken For particular reasons: studies in honour of Jerker Blomqvist

    Part of Hellenika, p. 1-2, 2004.

  • Karlsson, Lars; Hellström, Pontus

    Murar och helig väg i Labranda

    Part of Dragomanen: Årsskrift utgiven av Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul och Föreningen Svenska Istanbulinstitutets vänner, p. 162-165, 2003.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Recension av boken Bysantinsk litteratur

    Part of Hellenika, p. 15-, 2003.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Recension av boken Icons från Nationalmuseum

    Part of Hellenika, p. 12-13, 2003.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Grekiska stadsmurar vid Medelhavets kuster

    Part of Humanist vid Medelhavet, p. 69-75, 2002.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Kort rapport från årets arbeten i Labranda

    Part of Hellenika, p. 9-, 2002.

  • Karlsson, Lars; Forsén, Björn

    The walls of Asea

    Part of Opuscula Atheniensia, p. 83-104, 2002.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Den antika stadens läge

    Part of Taranto. En grekisk koloni i Syditalien, p. 35-39, 2001.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Den grekiska kolonisationen i Väst

    Part of Taranto. En grekisk koloni i Syditalien, p. 15-25, 2001.

  • Karlsson, Lars; Brandt, Rasmus

    From huts to houses. Transformations of ancient societies.: Proceedings of an International Seminar organized by the Norwegian and Swedish Institutes in Rome, 21-24 September 1997

    Part of Taranto. En grekisk koloni i Syditalien, 2001.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Labranda 2001

    Part of Hellenika, p. 22-, 2001.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Recension av Religion och Bild 1999-2000

    Part of Medusa, p. 41-42, 2001.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Rominstitutet gräver. San Giovenale

    Part of Romhorisont, p. 30-33, 2001.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Arkeologi för Athens tunnelbana

    Part of Hellenika, p. 3-5, 2000.

  • Karlsson, Lars

    Det Nordiska biblioteket i Athen

    Part of Hellenika, p. 21-, 2000.