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Location: Aydincik, Mersin, Turkey
Season Dates: July 15, 2012 - August 10, 2012
Application Deadline: November 28, 2012
Affiliation: Purdue University Study Abroad Program
Project Director: Nicholas Rauh (Purdue U.)
The Anatolian Archaeology Field School is a Summer Study Abroad Opportunity under submission to the Study Abroad Office at Purdue University and intended to expose undergraduate students to the cultural heritage, the history, and field practices employed in Anatolian Archaeology as well as exposure to contemporary Turkish culture. Students in the 2013 summer program will participate in the Turkish excavations at the ancient harbor city of Kelenderis on the south coast of Turkey (ancient Rough Cilicia). The excavations are directed by Prof. Levent Zoroğlu of the Selcuk University in Konya. The remains at Kelenderis date from the early Iron Age to the end of Antiquity and include the harbor (with exposed Classical shipsheds), the agora (with odeion, bath, and Late Roman church), the Roman customs house (with a spectacularly preserved mosaic of the ancient harbor), several necropoleis, and a Late Roman shipwreck on an island just beyond the harbor. The field school will engage in a number of archaeological procedures in conjunction with the Kelenderis excavations. The team will conduct pedestrian field survey on the edge of town to establish the ancient site limits, it will participate in the on-going excavation of the Late Roman church, and it will process unearthed artifacts in the project ceramics depot. Allowing time in Istanbul on arrival and departure, the program is setting July 15 to August 8, 2013 as the approximate dates. The program will offer 6 hours credit (2 Purdue courses) for the field school.
IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE SURVEY the team will stay for 2 nights in Istanbul Turkey. While in Istanbul we will visit several major historical sites (the Archaeological Museum, Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Covered Bazaar, the Byzantine Walls of the city and several Justinianic churches). After this, the survey will relocate to the Baysal Hotel in Gazipasha. The hotel offers efficiency apartments with kitchens (stove & refrigerator), air conditioning, cable TV, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. It is also situated approximately ¼ mile from the beach and directly across the river from the ancient site of Selinus (where the Emperor Trajan died in 118 AD; a surviving monument marks his memory). While in Gazipasha we will visit a number of Mediterranean excavations (Olympos, Phaselis, Termessos, Perge, Syllion, Side, Aspendos). We will then relocate to Aydincik where we will reside at a Teachers’ Hotel and participate in the Selcuk University Excavations at Kelenderis. The team will have a 21 person van and make additional field trips to archaeological sites in the vicinity (Anamur, Nagidos, Meydancik Kale, Silifke).
COURSE CREDITS: Participants in the Field School will obtain 6 hours credit in the following two courses:
CLCS 181 Classical World Civilizations: Classics 181 introduces students to “Classical” Civilizations on three continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) demonstrably interconnected by an ancient world system. The course focuses on several essential themes of past civilizations: religion, philosophy, surviving literature, gender relations, urbanism, technology, and political formations. Civilizations treated include Egypt, Meroe (Sudan), Mesopotamia, Israel, Anatolia, Iran, Greece, Rome, India, and China. The course relies heavily on classical texts and archaeological remains to identify the “Classical World View” of each civilization in its pre-modern, pre-industrial, pre-colonial, pre-European context. “Classics 181” is fully on line (http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~rauhn);
CLCS 280 Topics in Classical Civilization, Developments in Anatolian Archaeology: Overview of Archaeological Research in Ancient Turkey from Neolithic Era to Late Roman Era (8000 BC - 600 AD) (3 hours credit). Textbook, Akurgal’s Ancient Civilizations and Ruins of Turkey will be prepared in pdf format for the course.
ESTIMATED COST: $4500/student participant. The estimated cost will be $4500. This includes round/trip airfare and land travel to Antalya, Gazipasha, and Aydincik with a brief visit to Istanbul. The 2 day visit to Istanbul is estimated at $70/day. Lodging costs in Gazipasha and Aydincik are estimated at $40/day. A preliminary estimate will be posted at the Study Abroad website by early January. Final approval of the field school is still being determined and the details are still under evaluation.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: The only requirement before DECEMBER is the completion of a Turkish Research Application, a form that must be completed, signed and accompanied by 6 digital photos of each student participant. Your application must be added to the project dossier that the director will submit to the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC on Dec. 1 2012. To be included in this document you must send the application materials directly to Professor Rauh (SC/SLC, 640 Oval Dr., Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN 47907) before December 1, 2012. Without submission of a signed application, you will NOT be included on the list of participants that is approved by the Turkish government and therefore cannot attend the field school. There is no cost to the application and it in no way obligates you to attend the field school. It simply makes you eligible to attend. Later in April, 2013, you must complete on line application forms with Purdue’s Study Abroad Office.
If you are interested in attending the field school, please contact the project director, Nicholas Rauh (firstname.lastname@example.org), and he will inform you of the steps to the process. The first step is the research application; a downloadable version of the application is posted at this website.
Related Websites – See On Line Presentations of our past survey work in Rough Cilicia and recognition obtained from Purdue and National Study Abroad publications.
Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age to Late Roman/Byzantine eras
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weels
Minimum Age: College undergraduate
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements
For two nights the team will stay in a small hotel near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (room cost $40/person/night). The hotel is situated in the middle of the Sultanahmet tourist district with restaurants in every direction (rooms have AC, TV, wifi). The team will then conduct a brief visit (3-4 days) to the Baysal Hotel in Gazipasha. The hotel there offers efficiency apartments with kitchens (stove & refrigerator), air conditioning, cable TV, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. It is also situated approximately ¼ mile from the beach and directly across the river from the ancient site of Selinus -- where the Emperor Trajan died in 118 AD; a surviving monument marks his memory). We will then relocate to Aydincik and reside at the "Teachers' Hotel" (Ogretmen Evi). Double occupancy air-conditioned rooms with balconies, hotel restaurant, and wifi. The hotel is situated on the coastal highway about 1/4 mile from the excavation, and directly across the road from a small beach. Cost of room is approx. $17/day/person. Food costs in Turkey are about the same as the US.
Cost: Total cost with airfare estimated at $4500
Name of institution offering credit: Purdue University
Number of credits offered: 6
SLC/SC, 640 Oval Dr., Purdue University
W. Lafayette, IN 47907