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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 initiated 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. With active field work within the flood zone now complete, we are working to analyse and interpret our results, preparing them for final publication. 

From 2018 onwards, the LGASSP team is reforming as the Taşeli and Karaman Archaeological Project (TKAP), to expand our work beyond the flood zone, and to explore other parts of the region.

Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey Project (LGASSP)