Agricultural terraces and farmsteads of Bozburun Peninsula in antiquity

Demirciler, Volkan
In this thesis, the agricultural terraces and farmsteads lying in a region which encompasses the study area limited with the Turgut Village in the north and beginning of the Loryma territorium in the south, in the modern Bozburun Peninsula (also acknowledged as the Incorporated Peraea in the ancient period) are examined and questioned. It is put forward that, despite the disadvantages caused by the topographical structure of the region for the agricultural production, terrace farming was successfully applied, particularly during the Hellenistic period, and production increased dramatically, through the operation of a well-organized agricultural system under the Rhodian control. With the application of an extensive survey method, photogrammetry and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), it has been understood that the agricultural terraces were built as a result of a conscious action and in an organized manner, in consideration of the topographical structure (elevation, slope, aspect) and pedological characteristics of the region. Moreover, through the interpretation of the relationship between 18 farmsteads that were recorded in the course of field surveys carried out in 2009-2012 and the agricultural terraces, it has been concluded that these farmsteads were the significant parts of the economy system that was shaped within the framework of the intensive agrarian practices.
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V. Demirciler, “Agricultural terraces and farmsteads of Bozburun Peninsula in antiquity,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2014.