Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey Project (LGASSP)

The Göksu River valley runs from the Anatolian plateau to the Mediterranean Sea, through the region known in antiquity as Rough Cilicia (Cilicia Tracheia) in modern-day Turkey. Today, the valley boasts a rich cultural heritage and a diverse archaeological landscape.


The lower portion of the river valley is scheduled to be flooded with the construction of the Kayraktepe Dam, resulting in the loss of much of this heritage.


The Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey (LGASSP) project was established in 2013, with the aim of documenting the archaeological landscape before it is submerged by the waters of the flood lake.


LGASSP is a collaborative project between Bitlis Eren University and the University of Leicester, and made possible by generous funding from the British Institute at Ankara, and the British Academy through the Newton Fund.

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