The University of Liverpool’s Çaltılar Archaeology Project embraces various forms of archaeological research across the region of south-west Turkey known in antiquity as ‘Lycia’.

Our international and inter-disciplinary project aims to understand the ancient settlement history and environment of the upland (‘yayla’) region of Lycia in particular. We work in partnership with academics and archaeologists from universities and museums in the UK, Turkey and the USA and always under the close supervision of the relevant Turkish authorities.

So far, we have conducted intensive archaeological surveys at the prehistoric settlement mounds (‘höyüks’) at Çaltılar and Seki-Eceler. We are also now starting to conduct research into the ancient environment of the Lycian mountains. Our methods include:

Surface sampling (systemic collection of artefacts from the soil)
Artefact analysis (Artefact cataloguing, Ceramic petrography,
Geophysics (Magnetometery and Electrical Resistance Tomography)
Topographic survey (using differential GPS systems)
GIS mapping and analysis
Geomorphological mapping and sediment coring

We were also a partner in an education and conservation project with Fethiye Museum aimed at challenging illicit looting and vandalism to archaeological sites. We have established a research and education centre in the village of Çaltılar and we welcome visitors and school groups whenever we are working there.

You can find out more about our work by following the links to our publications by ‘liking’ us on Facebook. To make a donation to the project, please follow this link and specify ‘Caltilar Archaeology Project’ in the remarks box. Thank you!

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