Highlights from the Project Paphlagonia survey

Moulded brick from site PS196, ZırÇalı Mevkii, probably a monastery or remote church site of Byzantine date. Unfortunately the site has been illicitly excavated and partly destroyed.

At Empires' Edge. Project Paphlagonia archaeological and historical survey in north-central Turkey

Project Paphlagonia was a multi-period, large-scale programme of regional survey in north-central Turkey, today the provinces of Çankırı and parts of Karabük, previously a little explored region. The project was directed by Roger Matthews, then Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara (BIAA). The BIAA kindly provided funding for the fieldwork and publication preparation, for which we are very thankful. Roger is now Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

In total, an area of almost 8,500 km2 was surveyed between 1997 and 2001, using both extensive and intensive survey techniques. More than 330 sites of archaeological and historical significance were located and recorded. The sites range in date from early prehistoric to Ottoman, and include Palaeolithic camp-sites, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age settlements and cemeteries, fortified defensive sites of the Hittite and other periods, Phrygian villages and burial tumuli, and a wealth of small towns, villages, farmsteads, and hilltop refuges of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and early Turkish periods.

Map of Turkey showing Paphlagonia survey region

This website, to be used in conjunction with the Project Paphlagonia monograph (Matthews, Glatz 2009), presents much of the raw data recovered during the fieldwork. Featured here are illustrations of all ceramic and other materials collected in the course of the survey, arranged on a site-by-site basis. A site catalogue provides some basic information on each site encountered in the field.

Additionally, you can find here a diary kept by Roger during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, with some illustrations to give an idea of the varied landscapes of this lovely part of Turkey.

Reference:
Matthews, R. and C. Glatz (eds) 2009. At Empires' Edge. Project Paphlagonia Regional Survey in North-Central Turkey London: BIAA.


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