Settlement patterns and changes of river courses in Cilicia

Rutishauser, Susanne Muriel (15 March 2019). Settlement patterns and changes of river courses in Cilicia (Unpublished). In: Society for Near Eastern Landscape Archaeology, Annual Meeting. Istanbul. 13.-15.03.2019.

This paper presents how settlement patterns in Plain Cilicia – a region between Anatolia and the Levant – developed from the Chalcolithic to the Roman period. The analysis of survey data shows a continuity not only of place names like Adaniya, Adena, Adana or Tarša, Tarsos, Tarsus but also a concentration of settlements in already settled areas. Especially in a flat alluvial plain like the western part of the cilician plain the location of sites was strongly influenced by the meandering rivers Seyhan and Ceyhan. Former river courses can be found by the visual interpretation of remote sensing data. Sediment cores are necessary for a precise dating of paleochannels. However, the analyses of modern and historic satellite imagery in combination with the evaluation of settlement patterns give first indications for location and dating of paleochannels.
Additionally, we can observe irrigation features like modern and relict canals on satellite imagery. Such features give a new interpretation for the function of the massive limestone statue with a basalt basis carrying a bilingual inscription found 1997 in Çineköy (on display in the new Adana Museum).
A landscape-based approach can answer questions at a large scale as well as provide insights about single monuments.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Near Eastern Archaeology

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Rutishauser, Susanne Muriel


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Susanne Muriel Rutishauser

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22 Apr 2022 10:29

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