The Protective Barrier on the East Coast of Anhialo in Ottoman-Turkish Documents from the 17th – 19th Century Cover Image
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Защитната преграда на източния морски бряг в Анхиало в османотурски документи от 17 – 19 век
The Protective Barrier on the East Coast of Anhialo in Ottoman-Turkish Documents from the 17th – 19th Century

Author(s): Milcho Skumov
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: Salt extraction; Anchialos; Pomorie; protective barrier; Ottoman history

Summary/Abstract: Salt extraction was the main livelihood of the citizens of Anchialos. Located on low terrain near the sea, the salt pans needed protection from heavy sea storms and subsequent floods. The main facility against this calamity was the wooden stone barrier built on the eastern coast. Information in historical sources from the ottoman period contains a specific technical terminology, which does not always have an unambiguous interpretation and requires careful consideration. There is a noticeable mixing between the characteristics of the wall with those of the salt pans. A comparative analysis of the terms used in the documents referring to the exact structural characteristics of the protective barrier and the salt pans shows that they refer to damage and destruction endured by the barrier, but not by the salt pans. A comprehensive study of the problem confirms the proposed interpretation of technical terms in Ottoman documents relating to salt production in Anchialos, as it adds clarity to already published historical studies and can be used in the research of other documents with similar content.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 119-133
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian