Dr. Alexander Sokolicek (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Archaeological Institute), "Archaic city walls – Does size matter?"
The construction of a fortification belongs to the most laborious enterprises of a settlement, but
the nature of fortifications varies widely. Walls, loosely flung around the urban areas of cities like
Selinunte, Corinth, or Velia in South Italy contrast small hilltop fortifications like in Aigeira, the
Peloponnesus and other Archaic settlements. Does size matter and what does size tell us about
function and significance of a settlement? The presentation tries to re-evaluate the concept of
»fortification« in relation to the nature and history of the protected settlement.