Turkey: Pınarbașı

Location: Karaman, Turkey

Season: July 26, 2023 to August 20, 2023

Session Dates: July 26- August 20, 2023

Application Deadline: June 14, 2023

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Project Director:
Douglas Baird

Project Description:

The course will take place at the Epipalaeolithic site of Pınarbașı (c. 14000-11000 BCE), the only Epipalaeolithic site on the central Anatolian plateau and the predecessor of the famous Neolithic sites of Boncuklu and Çatalhöyük. The site is located on the edge of the Konya Plain in central Turkey, 65 km east of the major city of Konya, a famous Medieval centre where the ‘whirling dervish’ sect was founded by the Medieval philosopher Celaleddin Rumi. We will stay in Karaman, an important Medieval city located 50 km to the south of Pınarbașı. There are many medieval buildings of the Seljuk period to visit in Konya and Karaman, both booming cities. The field school also includes visits to other sites and museums in central Turkey including Çatalhöyük and the dramatic Neolithic site of Aşıklı, where there is evidence of repeated rebuilding of houses and an experimental village. Aşıklı is located about 3 hours east of Konya in Cappadocia, also famous for its underground cities and painted medieval churches. We will also visit a number of remote Byzantine and Hittite sites around the Konya plain.

Period(s) of Occupation: Epipalaeolithic period

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants must stay entire duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Student accommodation will be in self-catered, rented apartments in the city of Karaman. Students will share bedrooms and a kitchen area. Each apartment has its own shower, toilet and laundry facilities. We will run a cleaning rota, employing latest guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. Some of these arrangements may be subject to change depending on the circumstances of COVID-19 in summer 2022.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credit Units from Connecticut College. Tuition is $3,765

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

1855 Industrial Street, Unit 106

Los Angeles



United States

Phone: (424) 209-1173

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