The Project

The Cide Archaeological Project (CAP) is a three year archaeological survey, which started in 2009. CAP is an international collaborative project co-directed by Bleda Düring (Leiden University), Claudia Glatz (University of Glasgow) and Tevfik Emre Şerifoğlu (formerly Çanakkale On-Sekiz Mart Üniversitesi now at Bitlis Eren Üniversitesi). [Click for contact details].

The project aims to explore and investigate the archaeological remains of the coastal Black Sea district of Cide and the adjacent inland district of Şenpazar (Kastamonu province, Turkey) using a combination of both targeted extensive and intensive archaeological surface surveying techniques. CAP is a multi-period survey with a special focus on exploring previously undocumented or little understood periods in the wider region such as the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages.

Map of Cide and Şenpazar

Map of Cide and Şenpazar

Before this project started there had been no systematic investigations of the archaeology of the Cide area. Very little, therefore, was known about the region’s long-term settlement history and hardly any sites had been recorded. In the wider context of the Black Sea littoral, archaeological surveys have tended to focus predominantly on the classical and later periods, with rather less attention on pre-classical occupation episodes.

One of the reasons we are interested in exploring the Cide and Şenpazar regions are their geographical situation. The southern Black Sea littoral occupies a geographically marginal zone with respect to inner Anatolia due to the east-west orientation of the Pontic mountain range. In many periods this topographic situation translates into localised cultural traditions, socio-political organisation and economic strategies. At the same time, the sea facilitates communication along and across the Black Sea. Both factors, a simultaneous peripheral and connected position in two different interaction networks, are likely to have played a significant role in the socio-economic development of the western Anatolian Black Sea littoral and its cultural orientation.

Read more about Cide Archaeological Project’s Research Aims.

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