The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI), a private foundation, has asked the Bureau to investigate the feasibility of using airborne LIDAR mapping as a research tool in classical archeology. PHI is supporting projects at several ancient Greek and Roman sites in Italy, Albania, Turkey and the Ukraine. During the first two weeks of August, Rebecca Smyth and Roberto Gutierrez visited Turkey and Albania as a preliminary step toward developing a full proposal for LIDAR mapping.
In Ankara, Rebecca and Roberto meet with Dr. Olcay Unver, the President of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). GAP is a major government agency for economic development in Turkey. During two days in Ankara they described LIDAR technology and the mapping program to Dr. Unver and his staff. With GAP support, the Bureau hopes to map a proposed archeological preserve on the Euphrates River that encloses the ancient Greco-Roman city of Zeugma (click here for more information) and the medieval fortress of Rumkale.
Leaving Ankara they flew to Gaziantep in eastern Anatolia and spent two days examining Zeugma and Rumkale with Rob Early of the Oxford Archeological Unit.
From Gaziantep Rebecca and Roberto flew to Istanbul and spent a day with members of the faculty and students of Yildiz Technical University. As a center for remote sensing and GIS training, Yildiz Technical University is a potential research collaborator in the LIDAR project.