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A New Generation Archaeological Project
at the Heart of the Carian Chersonese


We are a group of scientists and volunteers from various countries and institutions, united by the motto ‘archaeology for everyone.’ We dream of creating a sustainable, next-generation scientific project in Phoenix and are working hard to make it a reality.


The Phoenix Archaeological Project (PAP) is an interdisciplinary and multinational cooperative excavation and survey project conducted in ancient Phoenix. The project started in 2021 with the official permission of the Ministry of Culture of Turkey and is directed by Dr. Asil Yaman of the Penn Museum.


The center of ancient Phoenix is located 2 km south of Taşlıca village in the southwestern part of the Bozburun Peninsula, Marmaris, Turkey. Hisartepe consists of the fortified acropolis of the city, with the core of the settlement covering approximately 2.5 hectares. The top of the acropolis rises 250 meters above the Sindili plain and the lower town of Phoenix.


The Phoenix Archaeological Project (PAP) was started in 2021 with the official permission of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture. Field surveys in Phoenix and its environs are conducted annually between June and October.


PAP practices traditional methods of systematic, intensive field survey and employs the locus-lot system for excavations. PAP integrates historical research with other disciplines such as geophysics, ecology, anthropology, sociology, and history. All data sets from the sub-projects are combined in a web-based digital interface. Data entry continues during the off-season period by our archivists.


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