Location: Gazipasa, Antalya, Turkey
Season Dates: June 15, 2013 - August 14, 2013
Session Dates: Session I: June 15 - July 14; Session II: July 15 - August 14
Application Deadline: February 15, 2012
Affiliation: University of Nebraska
Project Director: Prof. Michael Hoff
The Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project (ACARP) announces its annual archaeological field school for the summer of 2013. Antiochia ad Cragum is located in ancient Rough Cilicia on the south coast of Turkey. In summer 2013 we will continue excavation of the 3rd century AD Imperial temple that began in 2005. Currently excavation is focused on the clearing of the temple podium to reveal the structure below, and also around the perimeter of the temple and also along the colonnaded street inside the monumental city gate. Also in 2013, we will continue the excavation of a structure adjoining a large bath; this structure contains an extremely large mosaic with geometric panels. New areas to be opened up in 2013 are the bath building and the city's agora.
Participants in the field school will learn comprehensive archaeological methods, including excavation and recording, mapping, surveying, object photography, and basic conservation techniques. Opportunities for field trips to nearby archaeological sites, such as Selinus, Lamos, Perge, Anamur, and the Alanya Museum will be arranged.
Historically the site of Antiochia ad Cragum with its harbor possibly served as one of the havens for the famed Cilician pirates who operated from these shores and preyed upon shipping and coastal communities of the eastern Mediterranean during the first half of the first century B.C. The Roman general Pompey ended the pirate scourge in 67 with a naval victory at nearby Korakesion (Alanya). No traces of Antiochia’s pirate past survive among the remains visible today. The emperor Gaius ceded control of Rough Cilicia to a client-king of Rome, Antiochos IV of Commagene, for a brief period in A.D. 38, and was restored to power in 41 under Claudius. He ruled continuously until A.D. 72, during which period he founded the city named after himself. After his removal by Vespasian in 72, the city, along with the rest of Rough Cilicia, fell under direct Roman rule as part of the enlarged Province of Cilicia.
The ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum was constructed on primarily sloping ground that descends from the Taurus mountain range down to the sea. It is magnificently situated several hundred meters above sea level, protected on several sides by cliffs and steep slopes that plummet to the sea below. The portion of the site where ancient architecture is still preserved within the modern confines of the village of Güney occupies a large territory, over 24 ha in area.
The temple mound lies at the site’s highest point overlooking the city center. Most of the architectural material of the temple is preserved but exists in a collapsed state. Since 2005, ACARP has been methodically removing the blocks scattered on the mound and transporting them to adjacent blockfields for study. The removal of the blocks allows excavation to reveal the buried podium and foundation structure of the temple.
Antiochia ad Cragum is located in the village of Güney, approximately 20 km southeast of Gazipaşa, where the project headquarters is located and where participants stay. Gazipaşa itself lies approximately 40 km southwest of the tourist resort town of Alanya.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Imperial/Early Byzantine
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Three Weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: none
Room and Board Arrangements
Project Participants will stay at the our new excavation house, the Gazipaşa Sport Complex, near the center of Gazipaşa. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day while on site. Dinners will be provided at the excavation house. Most weekend meals at the Excavation house will be provided.
Costs include: Residence and all meals (except Saturday lunch and dinner), Turkish residence permit, medical insurance, excursions to local archaeological sites
The beach is a two-mile walk from the town center, but dolmus service is available.
Cost: $2,950 per session
Name of institution offering credit: University of Nebraska
Number of credits offered: 3-6 cr. hrs. Undergraduate or Graduate
Tuition: $1923 per 3 hrs non-resident undergraduate; $2306.25 for 3 hrs graduate.
Professor Michael Hoff
Dept. of Art & Art History, University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0114