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- Take part in a once-in-a lifetime opportunity! Participants in the field school will learn comprehensive archaeological methods, including excavation and recording, mapping, surveying, object photography, and basic conservation techniques.
- Be part of a full-scale research and archaeological project: Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project (ACARP) is currently excavating a third-century AD Imperial temple, colonnaded square, and a gymnasium complex.
- Additional opportunities for field trips include: nearby archaeological sites, such as Selinus, Lamos, Perge, Aspendos, and the Alanya Museum.
Course of Study
The research to be conducted by the ACARP should be seen as pioneering in architectural studies and the archaeology of Rough Cilicia, as few sites have ever been excavated in the region before. Field school participants will be introduced to the basics of field archaeology. They will learn proper excavation techniques, archaeological survey, principles of field conservation, record keeping, site management, and archaeological surveying. Opportunities for field trips to nearby archaeological sites, such as Selinus, Lamos, Perge, Anamur, Alanya and the Alanya Museum will be arranged.
In 2012, we began work on the great Bath – Gymnasium Complex where we discovered a large, late Roman courtyard with a sumptuous swimming pool and covered with a roof. The court was endowed with a mosaic pavement, decorated in mosaic panels. In 2013, in addition to continuing our work on the Bath Complex, we opened up new areas of work, exploring a courtyard surrounded by a colonnade. Within the interior of this courtyard we partially uncovered the remains of a structure we believe was a temple, also paved in a mosaic. We will return to this structure in 2014, as well as exploring the area around the Bath Complex, and the nearby acropolis of the city.
Volunteers are not required to take the field school for academic credit.
UNL students and non-UNL students wishing to participate for academic credit may enroll in 3 or 6 undergraduate or graduate credit hours for AHIS 286, 496/896. Prerequisite is permission of the instructor. You will obtain the call number for this course from the academic department. Required work must be completed by the deadline established by your instructor.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing, as well as students and volunteers outside of UNL. We encourage applications from volunteers, aged 18 and up.
Dr. Michael Hoff teaches Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is Professor of Art History. Professor Hoff has spent considerable time in Greece over the last 30 years participating in archaeological research and has excavated in Athens, Corinth, Nemea, and on Crete. Professor Hoff currently excavates in Turkey at the Roman city of Antiochia ad Cragum.
Contact: Professor Michael Hoff Department of Art and Art History 120 Richards Hall Lincoln, NE 68588-0114 firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 472-5342
Antiochia ad Cragum is located in the village of Güney, approximately 20 km southeast of Gazipasa, on the south Turkish coast. Project headquarters is located in Gazipasa, approximately 40 kms southwest of Alanya. The city of Gazipasa is modest size, with a population of approximately 22,000 people.
Historically, the site and its harbor possibly served as one of the havens for the Cilician pirates. This group operated from the shores and preyed upon shipping and coastal communities of the eastern Mediterranean during the first half of the first century BC. Pompey ended the pirate scourge in 67 with a naval victory at nearby Korakesion (Alanya). No traces of Antiochia's pirate past survive among the remains visible today.
The emperor Gaius ceded control of Rough Cilicia to a client-king of Rome, Antiochos IV of Commagene, for a brief period in AD 38, and was restored to power in 41 under Claudius. He ruled continuously until AD 72, during which period he founded the city named after himself. After his deposition 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 ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum was constructed on primarily sloping ground that descends from the Taurus range down to the sea. In spite of the fact that the city is coastal, the city center lays several hundred meters above sea level and is protected on several sides by cliffs and steep slopes that offered protection from sea borne attack. 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 24 ha in area.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
Participants will independently arrange and purchase roundtrip international airfare to Istanbul.
LODGING in COUNTRY:
Accommodations will be 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 air-conditioned rooms that have been converted into dormitory-style living quarters. The Dig House is equipped with a modest kitchen. A nearby hotel serves as the staff residence. Field school participants, particularly those who come as couples or those who wish a single room may prefer to stay at the hotel. Costs to stay at the hotel are not covered under the field school fees, but would be an additional cost. Rates for 2014 are not yet prepared, but based on 2013 costs one can expect the rates to be 67.50 TL per person per night (approx. $34). Field school participants would have to pay for their own rooms by cash or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). Participants need to inform the Project Director in advance if they wish reservations at the hotel.
MEALS in COUNTRY:
Meals will be served during the typical work week of the excavation which runs on a Monday-Friday schedule. Meals when not in the field will be served at the Excavation House. No meals are provided on Saturdays.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY:
Transportation from Istanbul to Gazipasa is available by air or bus. Air service to Gazipasa is a relatively recent addition, as the airport recently opened. Currently there is one Turkish domestic airline offering service from Istanbul, Pegasus, and there are plans for other airlines to offer service as well. Antalya, the closest major city to Gazipasa, has a full service airport with many daily flights from Istanbul. If you fly into Antalya it is relatively easy to take a bus to Gazipasa; the trip is approximately three hours by coach. There will be transportation from the residence hall to and from Antiochia. Excursions to nearby sites or museums will occur during the weekends.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES:
The Dig House is equipped with a washing machine.
ACCESS to WiFi:
WiFi is available in the Dig House.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL:
A valid passport is required for travel Additionally, the Turkish Research Application Form is required for all foreigners conducting research in Turkey. Dr. Hoff will provide instructions on completing the form.
See the Budget Sheet (near the top of the page and click on "Summer" or link directly) and the Fund Your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Explanation of Costs
Please see the Budget Sheet for a detailed explanation of billable and non-billable program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Upon approval of participation, program participants will pay a $500 deposit. The deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deadline to pay the $500 commitment deposit is February 15, 2016.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey
Center for Disease Control
U.S. Department of State
Embassy of Turkey
Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project (ACARP)
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