Changing River Courses and Settlement Patterns in Cilicia, from the Chalcolithic to the Medieval Period

Rutishauser, Susanne Muriel (8 April 2021). Changing River Courses and Settlement Patterns in Cilicia, from the Chalcolithic to the Medieval Period (Unpublished). In: 12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE). Bologna (virtual conference).

The fertile alluvial plain of the Cilicia Pedias is surrounded by the Taurus and Amanus mountain ranges and the Mediterranean Sea. Since the Neolithic period, the Cilician Plain was an important connection between Anatolia and the Levant. The plain is covered with a maze of palaeochannels, point bars and crevasse splays dating to different periods. The natural movement of water in an alluvial plain pushes sediment to the side, creating a natural levee. Therefore, the banks of the rivers in the Cilician Plain are often slightly elevated from the riverbed – visible on digital elevation models like SRTM data or TanDEM-X data. Most of modern villages in Cilicia are situated on such natural levees, next to abandoned channel beds. This paper examines the settlement history of the Cilician Plain based on survey and excavation data, written sources and remote sensing in regard of changing river courses.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Rutishauser, Susanne Muriel

Subjects:

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

Language:

English

Submitter:

Susanne Muriel Rutishauser

Date Deposited:

22 Apr 2022 10:34

Last Modified:

22 Apr 2022 10:34

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/168615

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