The outlines of the Ancient City of Phaselis and its Territorium Research Project
The Ancient City of Phaselis and its Territorium Research Project is a five-year surface exploration Project prepared by the Ancient History Division of the History Department of Akdeniz University, presented in 2011 to the Turkish Republic’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, The General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums.
The Project articulates our aims and intentions to continue from a series of excavations conducted in Western Antalya by Akdeniz University (in the ancient cities of Ksanthos, Tlos, Patara, Myra, Andriake and Rhodiapolis), towards central Antalya. Our aim is to render Phaselis, which for the last thirty years has been renowned for its “sun, beaches and sea” both academically and publicly attractive, through conducting cross/interdisciplinary scientific studies in the city. In consequence, we will contribute to the recent developments in Antalya’s cultural and touristic life and also create a productive, national research and an area of application for the Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute.
With the surface exploration project planned to be carried out in Phaselis, we aim at determining the city’s historical-geographical resources, its above ground and underwater archaeological textures, examining the physical conditions of the topography of the ancient settlement, documenting nature, the flora–fauna, the environment resulting from these sets of particular conditions and making the results public within the framework of a five-year work plan. In order to be able to realize these targets we’ve welcomed national and international participants from a wide academic circle. In addition, in the course of designing the Phaselis surface exploration, our priority has been to create modern information networks which will promote historical awareness and the concept of cultural heritage among larger numbers of our people. In connection with this, short information cards will be prepared to form information panels, initally in Turkish and English, so visitors to this site will get the most up-to-date and comprehensive data concerning the city.