Connecting archaeological survey projects

Workshop from 22-23 March 2019 at the DAI Istanbul

A group of international scholars from various survey projects met at the Istanbul Department of the DAI from 22 to 23 March for an informal workshop on archaeological surveys. The aim was to foster the exchange of approaches and experiences in archaeological surveys, to discuss current survey methods and to develop on this basis a revised methodology for the surveys of the new TransPergMicro-project.

The interdisciplinary fieldwork in the surroundings of Pergamon is an essential part of TransPergMikro, as it provides us with a decisive basis for studying the ancient settlement history and land-use of the western lower Kaikos Valley. It also forms the methodological basis and reference for the extension of our surveys into the adjacent mountains planned for the coming years.

After Felix Pirson (DAI Istanbul | TransPergMikro) presented the new TransPergMikro-project, Bernhard Ludwig (DAI Istanbul | TransPergMikro) began with a short presentation of „Good practice in Mediterranean Survey in 15 recommendations“ by P. Attema, J. Bintliff and M. van Leusen. The recommendations also served as an orientation for the final discussion on the methodology of archaeological surveys.

Felix Pirson and Güler Ateş (Celal Bayar University Manisa | TransPergMikro) presented the results of the previous surveys in the surroundings of Pergamon and Elif Koparal (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul) presented her large-scale survey at the Çeşme Peninsula, which also places a special focus on public archaeology, i.e. the integration of local population into archaeological work and the protection of cultural heritage. Toby C. Wilkinson and Anja Slawisch (both University of Cambridge), together with Néhémie Strupler (L’Institut français d’études anatoliennes Istanbul), presented their strategy for digital survey documentation and free access to their survey data as part of the Panormos Survey Project. Jeroen Poblome (KU Leuven) shared his extensive experience of the surveys in Sagalassos and Christina Williamson (University of Groningen) her experiences in different surveys in the region and their evaluation in GIS. Finally, Daniel Knitter (Kiel University | TransPergMikro) and Bernhard Ludwig presented the potentials of spatial analyses and modelling based on the survey data in the Pergamon Micro-Region.

The presentations and discussions with all participants on topics such as current methodology of extensive and intensive surveys, remote sensing, and digital documentation methods were very valuable and beneficial for the future fieldwork of TransPergMikro.

We thank all participants and hope to see you soon at the next workshop!

Mete Aksan (Sinop Üniversitesi), Sarp Alatepeli (Izmir Katip Çelebi Üniversitesi), Güler Ateş (Manisa Celal Bayar Üniversitesi), Philip Bes (Independent), Burak Gürel (Koç Üniversitesi), Beycan Hocaoğlu (Izmir Katip Çelebi Üniversitesi), Daniel Knitter (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), Elif Koparal (Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Istanbul), Bernhard Ludwig (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Istanbul), Ulrich Mania (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Istanbul), Felix Pirson (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Istanbul), Jeroen Poblome (KU Leuven), Gözde Şakar (Manisa Celal Bayar Üniversitesi), Anja Slawisch (University of Cambridge), Néhémie Strupler (IFEA Istanbul), Murat Tozan (Ege Üniversitesi Izmir), Arne Weiser (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin), Toby Wilkinson (University of Cambridge), Christina Williamson (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)