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Kerkenes Dag

Iron Age Settlement, Turkey

See also: The Middle East Technical University's Kerkenes Homepage

Kerkenes Dag is a fortified settlement located in ancient Anatolia (modern day Turkey). The site has been identified with Pteria, a capital city of the Median empire mentioned in Herodotus' Histories. If this identification is correct, the city represents a foreign imperial foundation imposed on a local, ethnically diverse agricultural society. Founded at around 600 BC, the settlement was subsequently burnt by Croesus of Lydia in 547, most of the site was left unoccupied thereafter.

Magnetic field gradient data below represent a very small portion of this extensive site, Large portions of which were surveyed over the course of several field seasons by Dr. Lewis Somers of Archaeo-Physics. The geophysical survey was part of an ongoing multi-disciplinary research program. The Kerkenes Project is documented by an excellent website: http://www.metu.edu.tr/home/wwwkerk/

Kerkenes Dag magnetic survey of Iron Age urban center

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