Anatolian Archaeology Field School at Kelenderis, Turkey

Summer 2013, Summer Session, Second Module  (July 15-August 10, 2013)


Director, Nicholas Rauh

Professor of Classics

Purdue University

W. Lafayette IN 47907

Tel: 765-496-6079



An Archaeological Field opportunity recognized by Purdue University and International Educator Magazine. International Educator Magazine (2007); Think Magazine(2008)




Project Description:

The Anatolian Archaeology Field School is a Summer Study Abroad Opportunity under submission to the Study Abroad Office at Purdue University and intended to expose undergraduate students to the cultural heritage, the history, and field practices employed in Anatolian Archaeology as well as exposure to contemporary Turkish culture. Students in the 2013 summer program will participate in the Turkish excavations at the ancient harbor city of Kelenderis on the south coast of Turkey (ancient Rough Cilicia). The excavation is directed by Prof. Levent Zoroğlu of the Selcuk University in Konya and staffed by MA students from that university. The remains at Kelenderis date from the early Iron Age to the end of Antiquity and include the harbor (with exposed Classical shipsheds), the agora (with odeion, bath, and Late Roman church), the Roman customs house (with a spectacularly preserved mosaic of the ancient harbor), several necropoleis, and a Late Roman shipwreck on an island just beyond the harbor. Current efforts are being arranged to prepare a deep-water diving mission to investigate this shipwreck, laden with Late Roman transport jars. The field school will engage in a number of archaeological procedures in conjunction with the Kelenderis excavations. The team will conduct pedestrian field survey on the edge of town to establish the ancient site limits, it will participate in the on-going excavation of the Late Roman church and process unearthed artifacts in the project ceramics depot, and it will conduct a shallow-water snorkel survey of the shipwreck island in preparation for the anticipated dive mission. After a brief visit to Istanbul the team will fly to Antalya and reside in Gazipasha for 5 days to visit a number of Mediterranean excavations. We will then relocate to Aydincik, the modern village at the ancient site of Kelenderis, to engage in field operations. Allowing time in Istanbul on arrival and departure, the program is setting July 15 to August 8, 2013 as the approximate dates. The program will offer 6 hours credit (2 Purdue courses) for the field school.







IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE SURVEY the team will stay for 2 nights in Istanbul Turkey. While in Istanbul we will visit several major historical sites (the Archaeological Museum, Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Covered Bazaar, the Byzantine Walls of the city and several Justinianic churches). After this, the survey will relocate to the Baysal Hotel in Gazipasha. The hotel offers efficiency apartments with kitchens (stove & refrigerator), air conditioning, cable TV, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. It is also situated approximately ¼ mile from the beach and directly across the river from the ancient site of Selinus (where the Emperor Trajan died in 118 AD; a surviving monument marks his memory). While in Gazipasha we will visit a number of Mediterranean excavations (Olympos, Phaselis, Termessos, Perge, Syllion, Side, Aspendos). We will then relocate to Aydincik where we will reside at a Teachers’ Hotel and participate in the Selcuk University Excavations at Kelenderis. The Teachers’ Hotel furnishes restaurant and lodgings, other restaurants are available in town, and the beach is directly across the street.




COURSE CREDITS: Participants in the Field School will obtain 6 hours credit in the

following two courses:


CLCS 181 Classical World Civilizations

Classics 181 (freshman survey course) introduces students to “Classical” Civilizations on three continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) demonstrably interconnected by an ancient world system. The course focuses on several essential themes of past civilizations: religion, philosophy, surviving literature, gender relations, urbanism, technology, and political formations.  Civilizations treated include Egypt, Meroe (Sudan), Mesopotamia, Israel, Anatolia, Iran, Greece, Rome, India, and China. The course relies heavily on classical texts and archaeological remains to identify the “Classical World View” of each civilization in its pre-modern, pre-industrial, pre-colonial, pre-European context. “Classics 181” is fully on line (; NO BOOK PURCHASES ARE REQUIRED.


CLCS 280 Topics in Classical Civilization, Developments in Anatolian Archaeology

Overview of Archaeological Research in Ancient Turkey from Neolithic Era to Late Roman Era (8000 BC - 600 AD) (3 hours credit). Textbook, Akurgal’s Ancient Civilizations and Ruins of Turkey will be prepared in pdf format for the course.


ESTIMATED COST: $4500/student participant

The estimated cost will be $4500. This includes round/trip airfare and land travel to Ankara, Selcuk, and Antalya, with a brief visit to Istanbul. The 2 day visit to Istanbul is estimated at $70/day. Rooms at the hotels in Gazipasha and Aydincik are $17/person/night double occupancy. Food costs in Turkey are about the same as in the US. A preliminary cost estimate will be posted at the Study Abroad website by early January. Final approval of the field school is still being determined and the details are still under evaluation.



The only requirement before DECEMBER is the completion of a Turkish Research Application, a form that must be completed, signed and accompanied by 6 digital photos of each student participant. Your application must be added to the project dossier that the director will submit to the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC on Dec. 1, 2012. To be included in this document you must send the application materials directly to Professor Rauh (SC/SLC, 640 Oval Dr., Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN 47907) before December 1, 2012. Without submission of a signed application, you will NOT be included on the list of participants that is approved by the Turkish government and therefore cannot attend the field school. There is no cost to the application and it in no way obligates you to attend the field school. It simply makes you eligible to attend. Later in April, 2013, you must complete on line application forms with Purdue’s Study Abroad Office.


If you are interested in attending the field school, please contact the project director, Nicholas Rauh (, and he will inform you of the steps to the process. The first step is the research application; a downloadable version of the application is posted at this website.


Related Websites – See On Line Presentations of our past survey work in Rough Cilicia and recognition obtained from Purdue and National Study Abroad publications.

Rough Cilicia Survey Project Website; Bickici Highland Research; International Educator Magazine; Think Magazine