Research Projects

KUDAR is presently supporting research in Turkey and in Italy investigating society’s relationship with the sea.  This work includes fieldwork on land and under water, as well as post-excavation research and documentation.  Please follow the links below for more information about our ongoing work and its results.

Boğsak, Turkey
Courtesy of the Boğsak Archaeological Survey

The Boğsak Archaeological Survey (BOGA), directed by Günder Varinlioğlu of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, is a diachronic field study of a 25 km-long stretch of the coast of eastern Rough Cilicia to the south and west of Silifke (ancient Seleucia ad Calycadnum). Since 2017, a team sponsored by KUDAR has conducted shoreline and snorkel surveys as part of Dr. Varinlioğlu’s project, documenting maritime fortifications, installations, informal harbour sites, and anchorages.  Please click here for more information.

Ancient Maritime Dynamics (AMD) Project

The Ancient Maritime Dynamics Project (AMD) began in 2015 with a goal of using the large corpus of maritime archaeological data on the seafloor to model and to understand seafaring activity in the antique Mediterranean.  With a dataset of approximately 1100 sites, varying from the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD in age, and including isolated finds, extensive shipwrecks, cargo, and personal items, the AMD project demonstrates that the size of this archaeological corpus can build narratives of past maritime activity equivalent in scale to those previously produced through the amalgamation of textual and terrestrial data.  Please click here for more information.