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Kinetic Landscapes

The Cide Archaeological Project: Surveying the Turkish Western Black Sea Region

Bleda Düring
01 January 2015

Turkey’s northern edge is a region of contrasts and diversity. From the rugged peaks of the Pontic Mountains and the hidden inland valleys, to the plains and rocky alcoves of the Black Sea coast, this landscape shaped and was shaped by its inhabitants' ways of life, and the networks of connectivity and cultural traditions. Between 2009 and 2011, an international team of specialists and students of the Cide Archaeological Project (CAP) investigated the challenging landscapes of the Cide and ?enpazar districts of the Kastamonu province. This, the first systematic archaeological survey of the western Turkish Black Sea region, and the information gathered by CAP, extends the known human history of the region by 10,000 years and offers an unprecedented insight into the shifting cultural, social and political ties of this region with Anatolia and the Circumpontic. This volume presents the project’s approach and methodology, its results and their interpretation within a period-specific context and a long-term landscape perspective.

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