2020 Archaeological Field School at Antiochia ad Cragum, Turkey

 

The 2020 archaeological Field School at Antiochia ad Cragum on the south coast of Turkey will take to the field for the 15th season of research at this Roman-era city. This coming season we will be working at two bath complexes, as well in market shops on the Colonnaded Street, a late Roman Christian church, and studying the aqueduct system that brought water to the site. Over the years we have discovered many mosaics that are currently undergoing conservation, in which participants are involved.

 

 

This coming summer, we will be operating two field school sessions:

            Session I          June 15 – July 14

            Session II         July 15 – August 14

 

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. Field School may be taken for academic credit through the University of Nebraska.

Excavation. There will be several areas under excavation.

  • Great Bath.  With the bath’s frigidarium have been completely revealed, we have begun clearing the tepidarium.  In 2017 and 2018 we uncovered evidence how the structure had been re-purposed after its original bathing function had stopped working; in this case, two well-preserved ceramic kilns were found, dating after the structure ceased to function as a bath. Also, remains of the original hypocaust system were uncovered. In 2020 we will continue working in the tepidarium, revealing more of the late Roman workshop facilities as well as the original bathing systems.
  • Bouleuterion. Over the course of several seasons we have uncovered approximately 95% of the civic bouleuterion that also served as an odeion and possibly a small theatre. In 2020 we will continue exploring the exterior of the wall, with an intent to define the entry point into the structure. We also will continue to explore the area between the Bath and Bouleuterion where in 2018 we discovered a well-preserved latrine with a mosaic pavement with mythological figures.
  • Small Bath. A second bath structure lays outside the walls of the ancient city, along the road that enters the ancient city. We began excavating this bath in 2018, discovering in one chamber a 17th century coin hoard, a possible late Roman murder victim, and a mosaic with geometric designs. We anticipate the 2020 season will perhaps offer a similar assemblage.
  • In 2020 we plan to excavate within the commercial area of the ancient city, as well a triconch church.

 

Costs:

  • $2700 fee per session
  • Fee includes room and board, transportation to and from the site, insurance, and weekend excursions to nearby sites and museums

 

For more information, please contact Prof. Michael Hoff, School of Art, Art History & Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 402-472-5342. Email: mhoff1@unl.edu.

 

 

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