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RZ-51556-13

Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Christina M. Luke (Project Director: December 2012 to present)
Christopher H. Roosevelt (Co Project Director: December 2012 to present)

Bronze Age Cultural Dynamics, Sustainability, and Landscapes in the Marmara Lake Basin, Gediz Valley, Western Turkey

Archaeological excavation and analysis of a second millennium BCE site at Kaymak├ži in the Marmara Lake Basin, Western Anatolia, Turkey. (36 months)

Our research question focuses on the establishment and maintenance of regional authority in the Marmara Lake Basin, the likely core of the Seha River Land, in the context of social and cultural hybridization of Aegean, central Anatolian, and local traditions. We hypothesize the following: (1) that the 2nd-millennium BCE network of citadels in the Marmara Lake Basin reflects hybrid responses to Aegean and central Anatolian traditions of residential, administrative, and fortification design and organization indicative of increasingly centralized socio-political authority; (2) that shared Anatolian ritual traditions of libation were performed near citadels and sacred locales as a means of reifying authority; (3) and that long-standing and local subsistence practices and risk-management strategies enabled its sustainability.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$281,645 (approved)
$281,645 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2017