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

WHO WE ARE?

We are a group of scientists and volunteers who came together from various countries and institutions around the motto of ‘archaeology for everyone.’ We dreamed of a sustainable, new generation scientific project in Phoenix and working hard to make it real.

WHAT IS PAP?

The Phoenix Archaeological Project (PAP) is is an interdisciplinary and multinational co-operative survey project conducting in ancient Phoenix. The project is started in 2021 with the official permission of the Ministry of Culture of Turkey, and it is directing by Dr. Asil Yaman of Penn Museum.

WHERE?

The center of the ancient Phoenix is located 4 km South of Taşlıca village in the southwestern part of the Bozburun Peninsula, Marmaris (Turkey). Hisartepe consists of the fortified acropolis of the city, and the core of the settlement measures approximately 2.5 hectares. The top of the acropolis rises 250 meters above the Sindili plain and the lower town of the Phoenix.

WHEN?

Phoenix Archaeological Project (PAP) is started in 2021 with Turkey’s Ministry of Culture’s official permission. The field surveys in Phoenix and its environs are planned to continue until 2026 between August and October every year.

HOW?

PAP will practice the traditional methods of systematic, intensive field survey and historical research, and it will integrate it with other disciplines as geophysics, ecology, anthropology, sociology, and history. All data sets from the sub-projects will combine in a web-based digital interface. The data entry will continue during the off-season period by our archivists.

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Supporters and Sponsors

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The archaeological explorations at Phoenix have been conducting under the aegis of Mete Group of Companies, the archaeology main sponsor.

The Phoenix Project has been generously supporting by a wide range of institutions and sponsors like Marmaris District Governorate, Commerce Chamber of Marmaris.

PAP collaborating with Kapurcuk to developing cultural tourism in the Bozburun Peninsula.

PAP is developing social responsibility projects with the Mediterranean Conservation Society, American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), and the Şirince Archaeological Association.

PAP collaborates with colleagues from eight different institutions, such as the University of Penn, Ausonius Institute, Izmir Dokuz Eylül University, Bahcesehir University, Bordeaux University, Groningen University, Heidelberg University, and Tubingen University.

We thank the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage, and the Museums for official permission and support.

The PAP will continue to investigate and advocate the heritage at the heart of the Carian Chersonese with their generous support.

Thank you!