Geoarchaeological Survey of the Konya Basin

Location: Konya Province

Years: 1995-1996

Director: Neil Roberts

Participants: Neil Roberts, Hakan Yiğitbaşioğlu, Romola ‘Chip’ Parish (1995), David Twigg, Peter Boyer, John Tibby, Jane Reed (1996), Warren Eastwood (1996) 

Government Representatives: Necip Çay (1995), Yücel Kiper (1996)

Funding: BIAA, National Geographic Society, Loughborough University, Ankara University, Leverhulme


In 1995 a new project was established with the aim of establishing a 3D lithostratigraphic sequence for the Çarşamba alluvial fan through geoarchaeological and geomorphological survey. 

Between 4 and 22 September 1995, twelve archaeological sites underwent geoarchaeological survey: at each, a coring was taken to try to understand the nature of underlying alluvial and lacustrine deposits.  Samples for sedimentological and palaeoecological analyses were also recovered.  Ditch sections were cleaned and sampled in order to procure additional stratigraphic information.  Altogether, more than 56m of sediments were taken, 22m of which were sent to the UK for analysis. 

In 1996 survey work continued between 19 August and 7 September, with the aim of acquiring further sediment cores and continuing to investigate how on-site mound-forming processes worked in relation to off-site alluviation.  This season geoarchaeological exploration and coring resulted in 31m of sediments from archaeological sites in the Çumra region, with 15m more taken from adjacent sections; of these, 12m were sent to the UK.  Team members also conducted a preliminary investigation into the Akşehir lake basin.  The samples collected over the course of the project contributed to the reconstruction of the environmental changes that occurred around the Konya Basin during the late Quaternary period.


Anatolian Archaeology 1: 18-19; 2: 23-24

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