Topic ID #26121 - posted 1/9/2013 9:48 AM

Roman City of Antiochia ad Cragum, Turkey


The Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project (ACARP) announces its third archaeological field school for the summer of 2013.  Antiochia ad Cragum is located on the south-central coast of Turkey in ancient Rough Cilicia.  The Project is currently excavating a third-century AD Imperial (?) temple, a colonnaded street, and a major bath complex that includes a large mosaic.  In 2013 we plan to begin work on the city’s marketplace.

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 BC.  The Roman general Pompey ended the pirate scourge in 67 BC with a naval victory at nearby Korakesion (Alanya).  No traces of Antiochia’s pirate past survive among the remains visible today.  The emperor Caligula ceded control of Rough Cilicia to a client-king of Rome, Antiochos IV of Commagene, for a brief period in AD 38 before summarily deposing him; Antiochus was then restored to power in AD 41 by Claudius.  He ruled continuously until AD 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 city appears to have reached its greatest extent during the later Roman Empire, from the third century on.  It is this period that the current excavations are exploring.

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 75 acres in area.  ACARP represents the first systematic excavation and study of this site.

Project Location

Antiochia ad Cragum is located in the village of Güney, approximately 20 km southeast of Gazipaşa, where the project headquarters are located and where participants stay.  Gazipaşa itself lies approximately 40 km southwest of the resort town of Alanya.  Transportation from Istanbul to Gazipaşa is available primarily by bus.  Air service to Gazipaşa is brand new, the airport having recently opened in Spring 2010.  As of summer 2012, however, there was no regular air carrier service into Gazipaşa.  Antalya, the closest major city to Gazipaşa, has a full service airport with many daily flights, usually quite inexpensive, from Istanbul.  If you fly into Antalya it is extremely easy to take a bus to Gazipaşa; the trip takes approximately three hours by coach.

Gazipasa and Excavation House

The city of Gazipaşa is modest size, with a population of approximately 22,000 people.  We will be occupying new accommodations this coming season, at the town’s sport complex (adjacent to a soccer field), located within short walking distance from the town center.  The complex has a number of rooms that we are converting into dormitory-style living quarters; these will be renovated with new beds and air conditioning in each unit.  Meals when not in the field will be served at the Excavation House.

Typical Work-week

The excavation runs on a Monday-Friday schedule.  Typically, we depart for the site at 5:30 AM and enjoy a group breakfast at the site. Work begins at 6:30 and continues until 1 PM.  There is mid-morning break at 10:00.  Lunch is served at 1:00, also at the site.  Post-lunch activities may include ceramics cleaning and sorting, and report writing.  At least once a week there is an organized swimming event to the nearby “private cove.”  Dinners will be provided in the Gazipaşa excavation house at approximately 7:00 PM.  Lunch and dinner will not be provided on Saturdays.

Application Instructions and Requirements:
You will need to prepare an application packet that must include the following items:

  • Field School Application Form (hard copy signed and dated)
  • Turkish Visa Form* (hard copy signed and dated)
  • Six passport-size, standard photographs, or a high resolution (minumum 300 dpi) image
  • $200 deposit (check made payable to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Please send all application material to:
Prof. Michael Hoff
Department of Art and Art History
120 Richards Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0114

For more information, contact:
Prof. Michael Hoff
Tel.: 402-472-5342

*NB: The Turkish Research Application Form is required for all foreigners conducting research in Turkey. Some of the form has been prepared in advance. Please fill-out the rest of the form. If you do not yet have a passport, type “ordered.” Under Brief Curriculum Vitae, include your current institution, major, and expected graduation date. You do NOT have to include an academic reference letter.


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