Abstract: New Technologies for Exploring an Ancient Phrygian City


The ongoing archaeological work at the ancient mega-city located at Kerkenes Dağ in central Turkey, has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of how ancient cities functioned.  The current project has made use of a variety of new technologies over the past two decades to reveal many of its secrets.  This talk will provide an introduction to the early 6th century BCE city, an overview of how different technologies have been used, as well as some of the innovative methods pioneered here for better understanding both ancient and modern cities.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

The main Kerekenes Dağ and Kerkenes EcoCenter projects website:



Downloadable issues of the annual illustrated report on the Kerkenes Dağ Project: http://www.kerkenes.metu.edu.tr/kerk2/02knews/index.html


Additional downloadable reports on each seasons work at Kerkenes Dağ appear in the Oriental Institute Annual Reports volume:



Downloadable article on the Remote Sensing program at Kerkenes Dağ:



Downloadable monograph with illustrations of the remarkable sculpture and inscriptions from the entranceway to the Palatial Complex:



To get involved with the project:



Additional more in depth printed articles:

Branting, Scott (2007) Using an Urban Street Network and a PGIS-T Approach to Analyze Ancient Movement. In Digital Discovery: exploring new frontiers in human heritage: CAA 2006: Fargo,United States, edited by J. T. Clark and E. M. Hagemeister, pp. 99-108. Archaeolingua, Budapest.

Summers, Geoffrey D., and Françoise Summers (2010) From Picks to Pixels: Eighty years of development in the tools of archaeological exploration and interpretation, 1927-2007, at Kerkenes Dağ in Central Turkey. In Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, edited by Paolo Matthiae, Frances Pinnock, Lorenzo Nigro, Nicolò Lorenzo, pp. 669-683. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden.

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