Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP): Phase 2

Location: Konya

Year(s): 2017-18

Director: Christoph Bachhuber, St. John's College, University of Oxford 


Christoph Bachhuber, University of Oxford, co-director
Michele Massa, Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, co-director
Fatma Şahin, Çukurova University, assistant director
Zerrin Özlem Biner, LSE, University of London, social anthropologist
Tuna Çapar, ArcTron, RTI specialist
Lorenzo D'Alfonso, New York University, pottery specialist
Işılay Gürsu, British Institute at Ankara, cultural heritage manager
Neyir Kolankaya, Hacettepe University, lithics specialist
Amy Richardson, University of Oxford and Reading University, pXRF analyst
Deniz Sarı, Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, pottery specialist
Yusuf Tuna, Hacettepe University, project assistant
Laurens Thissen, Independent, pottery specialist
Mark Weeden, SOAS, University of London, epigrapher

Funding: BIAA, Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund

Under BIAA SRI(s): Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and contemporary perspectives

Summary: The Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP) is an interdisciplinary research program co-directed by Christoph Bachhuber and Michele Massa. KRASP has set out to achieve a diachronic understanding of a number of interrelated themes. These include an outline of human-environment interactions in different ecological niches, and a related assessment of the diachronic formation of archaeological landscapes. We are particularly interested in the relationship between the hydrodological landscape of the Konya Plain and the steppe and highland ‘margin’. KRASP is examining both historically-contingent settlement in the margin, and the economic, political and ideological motivations to interact with these landscapes. We are also interested in how and why and with what consequences networks of communication formed within and beyond the landscapes of the Konya Plain, for example as mediated by networks of production and exchange, mobility related to pastoral transhumance, and/or political consolidation. Another aim of KRASP is concerned with the archaeological present. This is similarly a study of landscapes, but develops ethnographic methodologies to understand how people living in the KRASP study area today inhabit archaeological landscapes.
KRASP is comprised of several interlinked components. Our survey methodologies include remote sensing of the expanse of the Konya Plain and a pedestrian survey focused in its eastern margin. We are integrating chronological/typological and geochemical analyses of artefacts from earlier BIAA-led surveys in the region and from KRASP’s own pedestrian surveys. We are developing ethnographic approaches to archaeological landscapes, as well as synthesizing wide-ranging palaeoenvironmental data from the Konya Plain.

Resulting Publications: 

Massa, M., C. Bachhuber, F. Şahin, Y. Tuna, N. Kolankaya (currently under review with Paléorient), "The Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP): preliminary results''.

Bachhuber, C. and M. Massa (2017), "The First Field Season of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project", Heritage Turkey 7: 30-31.

Bachhuber, C. and M. Massa (2016), "Engaging the Material and Academic Legacies of the first BIAA-led Surveys in the Konya Plain", Heritage Turkey 6: 21–22.

Christoph Bachhuber:

Before taking up the post at St. John's College, Oxford, I taught at Keble College (Oxford), the Freie Universität Berlin, and Brown University. I held the postdoctoral fellowship at the BIAA from 2009-2010. I am also currently co-editor of the Online Egyptological Bibliography in the Griffith Institute (Oxford).

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Archaeology and Related Disciplines

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