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Anatolian Archaeological Field School at Anamur, Turkey

Location: Anamur, Mersin, Turkey

July 1, 2014 to July 28, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Purdue University Study Abroad Program

Project Director:

Nicholas Rauh (Purdue U.)

Project Description

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 2014 summer program will participate in the Rough Cilicia Highland Survey in the mountains behind Anamur, Turkey. The project will focus on paleo-environmental research cocerned with ancient deforestation in the Tauros Mts. Project collaborators will be obtaining tree-ring, pollen, and carbon samples to date anthropogenic disturbances to the highland cedar forest. We will also continue with project analysis of ancient transport amphoras stored in the Anamur Archaeological Museum. Allowing time in Istanbul on arrival and departure, the program is setting July 1 to July 28, 2014 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 Anamur where we will reside at the Dolphine Hotel. We will camp in the mountains behind Anamur for approximately 10 days while conducting field work. We will return to Anamur for approximately 1 week to conduct museum research. 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 (;

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 JANUARY 15, 2014 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 in January 2014. Please contact the director ( to obtain this form.. 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 (, 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

Undergraduate field school, survey in eastern Turkey, GIS mapping

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weels

Minimum age: 
College undergraduate

Experience required: 

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 Anamur and reside at the Dolphine Hotel. Double occupancy air-conditioned rooms with balconies, hotel restaurant, and wifi. The hotel is situated on the boardwalk directly across from the munical beach. Cost of room is approx. $19/day/person. Food costs in Turkey are about the same as the US. For Camping in the highlands, tents and mats will be provided. A secure house will be rented for storing personal effects and equipment (toilet, kitchen). Food will be catered by a local restaurant on the coast.

Total cost with airfare estimated at $4500

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Purdue University
Number of credits offered 6


Contact Information
Nicholas Rauh
SLC/SC, 640 Oval Dr., Purdue University
W. Lafayette
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