Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP)

Location:  Konya

Years: 2016-17 

Director: Christoph Bachhuber, Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB), Oxford


Christoph Bachhuber, University of Oxford, PI
Michele Massa, Bilecik University, co-PI
Emma Baysal, Trakya University, Neolithic and Chalcolithic pottery specialist
Tuna Capar, Hacettepe University, research assistant
Lorenzo D'Alfonso, New York University, Iron Age pottery specialist
Jason Hermann, Tübingen University, GIS and satellite imagery specialist
Orlene Mcilfatrick, BIAA, portable X-ray fluorescence specialist
Fatma Şahin, Cukurova University, Middle and Late Bronze Age pottery specialist
Sinem Türkteki, Bilecik University, Early Bronze Age pottery specialist
Nihal Uzun, BIAA, research assistant

Funding: BIAA, Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund

Under BIAA SRI(s):  

Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, Historical and environmental perspective &  Cultural heritage, society and the economy 


The Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP) is an interdisciplinary, multi-scalar research program co-directed by Christoph Bachhuber and Michele Massa. KRASP will combine pedestrian and remote survey methodologies, artefact study, archival research, ethnographic methodologies and laboratory analysis to understand the long-term history, human ecology, political ecology and heritage discourses in the Konya Plain and adjacent foothills of the Taurus Mountains. In 2016-2017 the BIAA has supported the first phase of KRASP. This sub-project is called ‘Integrating Legacy Survey Data in Current Regional Analysis’ and has involved various analyses of material collected in previous BIAA-led surveys in the Konya Plain, including those of James Mellaart, David French and Ian Todd.  Between these different surveys, over 7,000 sherds and 400 lithics were collected from 120 mostly prehistoric sites (Neolithic to Iron Age). An analysis of the BIAA legacy material – including typological/chronological, geo-chemical, and spatial – forms an essential component of KRASP’s holistic study of the Konya Plain. The two largest and most consequential research outcomes include the visualisation and analysis of settlement patterns and networks of production and exchange from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, and an understanding of how the archaeological landscape of the Konya Plain has evolved from the time of the BIAA-based  surveys  (beginning in the 1950’s) to the present. The second phase of KRASP is a pedestrian survey of the Çumra and Karatay districts in the Konya Plain and is scheduled to begin in June 2017.

Christoph Bachhuber:

As the PI of LegSurv most of my activity this year was related to coordinating the team of 10 researchers and research assistants. I was not able to spend as much time at the BIAA as I had hoped. I made one productive and enjoyable trip in December which involved meetings around LegSurv and the KRASP pedestrian survey, and of course catching up with friends and colleagues. I currently hold a full time teaching post at the University of Oxford, as lecturer in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History in the Faculty of Classics, lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology, and tutor in Archaeology and Anthropology at Keble College. 

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