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Date(s) - 27/11/2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Room 443, Michie Building (#9)

Mounds, Fields, Canals and Satellites: Survey Methods and Long-Term Settlement History in Central Anatolia – the Konya Plain Survey

Presented by Professor Douglas Baird

Two rather different approaches to survey have emerged in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East, one to deal with classic Mediterranean landscapes, this notably involving intensive pedestrian survey and on to deal with Middle Eastern landscapes, this last less intensive and often focused on combinations of use of satellite imagery, with detailed site focused work and less pedestrian coverage. Interpretative approaches to settlement histories are, therefore, also often different. In the Konya Plain survey we attempted to bridge some of these different approaches, so a characterization of settlement histories and landscape use comparable to both areas could be achieved. Our survey methodologies are discussed and the resulting understandings of long-term settlement history between 10,000 BC and 1800 AD in central Anatolia are presented.

Doug Baird has been involved in archaeological field projects in the Middle East since 1979. This includes the leading of surveys in Cyprus in the early 1980s and between 1995 and 2002, the Konya Plain Survey in Turkey. In the 1980’s he worked on several projects in Iraq, mainly involving excavation of Neolithic sites, more recently conducting soundings in Iraqi Kurdistan at Karim Shahir with Dr Eleni Asouti of University of Liverpool. Between 1984 and 1994 he worked on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages in Jordan looking at the Neolithic of the desert areas of the Levant for his PhD and post-doc and then directing an excavation at the site of Tell esh Shuna North, investigating the development of social complexity and urbanism in the southern Levant in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. Most recently he has led the excavations of Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic sites in the Konya Plain, at Pınarbaşı and Boncuklu, the last directed with Andy Fairbairn of University of Queensland.

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