RCSP Ceramics Collections in the Delice Region, 1996-2002

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By Caroline Autret1, Matthew Dillon2, H. Asena Kızılarslanoğlu3, Stanislav Pejša4, Nicholas Kregotis Rauh5

1. University of Rouen 2. Loyola Marymount University 3. Kastamonu University 4. Purdue Libraries 5. Purdue University

Rough Cilicia Survey Project Ceramics Grab Collections in the Delice Region, 1996-2002

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The RCSP survey team investigated the Delice River Region between 1996 and 1999, employing coarse interval survey procedures and grab collections. Walking the shore between the Biçkici and the Delice Rivers in 1996, the team encountered the remains of the so-called Delice Kiln Site. Despite repeated investigations through the years, the site has failed to reveal the necessary consistency of ceramic forms to warrant identification as a kiln site, despite fines of over-fired ceramic remains and kiln lining. The site most likely functioned as a Late Roman maritime depot. Further up river the team encountered sherd scatters and structural remains (RC 9808-9812) on a low promontory above the river bed in 1998. In 1999, the team employed close-interval survey combined with grab collections within a 20m radius to inspect the entire length of a ridge north of the river (Kahyalar). At the crest of the ridge, the team encountered the monumental village site of Nergis Tepe (RC 9902). Descending the arms of the ridge, the team encountered numerous sherd scatters and isolated structural remains (RC 9904-9916). In 2002 the team employed close-interval flag survey to investigate a large cluster of press installations on the nearby promontory of Kale Tepe (RC 0201). Hellenistic finds, including a stamped Knidian amphora handle, indicate that the site was occupied prior to the Roman era.

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