Development of Burgaz (Palaia Knidos) and its hinterland in context of settlement pattern analysis

Sevimli, Ezgi
The main aim of this study is to understand the political, economic and social position of Burgaz (Palaia Knidos) settlement within the Datça Peninsula from Geometric to Hellenistic Period. Through the examination of archaeological evidence obtained from the excavations conducted at Burgaz, combined with the survey data of Datça Peninsula recorded by Prof. Dr. Numan Tuna in early 1980s this dissertation endeavors to explain the processes took place at Burgaz and the peninsula. Methodology of the research is based on settlement pattern analysis supported by theoretical background of the polis concept. The evaluation of site distribution through time and space revealed the formation processes of Burgaz, its hinterland and the peninsula. The results of the study indicate that even though Burgaz may not appear to be a polis in sense of the idealized concept, urbanization and state formation processes, which are accepted as two main indicators of polis formation, can be observed through settlement pattern analyses. Based on the outcomes, Burgaz may be identified as the social, political and economic urban center of the peninsula until the synoikismos took place after 360 BC. 


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Citation Formats
E. Sevimli, “Development of Burgaz (Palaia Knidos) and its hinterland in context of settlement pattern analysis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.