In 1996, the Rough Cilicia Survey Project (RCSP) obtained permission from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Department of Cultural Heritage and Monuments, to investigate a 60 km coastal strip in southern Turkey, what is commonly referred to as Western Rough Cilicia. In modern terms the RCSP area rested within the confines of two provinces (Antalya and Icel) encompassing three districts (Alanya, Gazipaşa, and Kaledran). Field seasons in Gazipaşa continued until 2011, with study seasons in the Alanya Archaeological Museum still on going. To obtain a balanced appraisal of the urbanization of western Rough Cilicia, the RCSP survey team monitored evidence for relationships of cultural reception in the region within the context of world system theory. More precisely, we asked whether or not native elites so assimilated Greco-Roman cultural attributes that their own attributes essentially merged with and became indistinguishable from these. Toward this end, team investigators examined the archaeological remains of western Rough Cilicia with the highest degree of sensitivity possible, one capable of detecting relatively subtle distinctions in the native experience of this remote region during Roman times.
During the course of thirteen field seasons (1996-2005, 2007-08, 2011) the RCSP survey team employed a multi-phased process of archaeological inspection that included pedestrian survey of urban and rural terrain, architectural mapping of surviving features, ceramics collections, geological survey, remote sensing of existing land cover, and maritime survey. All data was geo-referenced for mounting in project GIS.
The Project Director was Nicholas Rauh (Purdue University). The Field Directors were, in 1996-1997 Richard Blanton (Purdue University), in 1998-2002 Luann Wandsnider (U. of Nebraska at Lincoln), and from 2003-2011, Nicholas Rauh. The Architectural Mapping Team consisted of Rhys Townsend (Clark U.), Michael Hoff (U. Nebraska at Lincoln), and in 1996 Jennifer Tobin (U. Illinois at Chicago). The Geology Team included Sancar Ozaner (TUBITAK), Hulya Caner (U. of Istanbul), Timothy Filley (Purdue U.), Martin Doyle (Duke U.), Lawrence Theller (Purdue U.), and Unal Akkemik (U. of Istanbul). The Underwater Survey Team (2003-2004) was directed by Cheryl Ward (Florida State U.). The RCSP Pottery team consisted of Nicholas Rauh, Richard Rothaus (St. Cloud State U.), Matthew Dillon (Loyola Marymount U.), Caroline Autret (U.Paris-Sorbonne), and Asena Kizilarslanoglu (Kastamonu U.). Mette Korsholm (David Collection, Copenhagen) curated the project’s small finds. Christopher Dore (U. of Arizona) and Edward Connor (Mass. Dept. of Water Conservation and Recreation) conducted remote sensing of existing land cover. Data Processing and assemblage of this archive was facilitated by Stanislav Pejša (Purdue U.) and Maxwell Black (Camby IN). Scores of students have participated in the processing, photography, scanning, and illustration of this data, both in the field in Gazipaşa and at Purdue University.
The project was funded three times by the US National Science Foundation (1996, 2000, 2003), twice by the National Geographic Society (2004, 2011), once by the American Research Institute in Turkey (1999), and recurrently by participating universities.
The datasets in this series contain images and descriptions of fragments pottery from the Rough Cilicia Survey Pottery Study Collection, a collection of more than 300 useful diagnostic sherds of the most commonly observed forms of the region.
The Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project (RCSP) Context Collection contains descriptions of almost 10000 pottery fragments collected during the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project between 1996 and 2011.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:
- Autret, C., Dillon, M., Kızılarslanoğlu, H., Pejša, S., Rauh, N. K. (2019). Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project (RCSP) Collections. Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/3P20-MG91
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