Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Göreme and Şahinefendi: La Storia dentro le Rocce di Cappadocia / History inside the Rocks of Cappadocia

Edited by Andrea Bixio, Roberto Bixio, Andrea De Pascale
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Göreme and Şahinefendi collects the results of surveys conducted by the Team for Underground Studies in Turkey in these two specific areas of Cappadocia, complemented by documentation produced in collaboration with Ukrainian, French and Turkish researchers. The object was the identification and documentation of underground architecture complementary to the best-known and most substantial Byzantine rock-cut churches. This research, conducted through speleological techniques and archaeometric survey, has allowed, in particular, the discovery of numerous defensive structures, previously completely unknown, and of related underground hydraulic systems. A completely new picture of the areas investigated emerges, in which the liturgical and funerary structures carved into the rocks represent only the tip of a ‘stone iceberg’, that is, the most evident and closest part to the surface of an underground world that has proved to be much more extensive and diverse than previously imagined.

H 276 x W 203 mm

876 pages

687 photos, 241 maps/illustrations

Published Sep 2023

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275642

Digital: 9781803275659

DOI 10.32028/9781803275642


1. Introduction

2. General Overview

3. Ancient and Recent Sources

Part One: Göreme and Environs

4. The Area of Göreme

5. Water Works at Göreme

6. Catchment Works in the Kiliçlar Vadisi

7. The Kayadibi Zone

8. The Underground Shelters of Göreme: St Eustachius and Vicinity

9. Shelters and Other Cavities along the Kiliçlar Vadisi

10. The Concentric Shelter of Kiliçlar Kilisesi Complex

11. The Amphitheatre Shelters of Göreme

12. The Peripheral Shelters of Göreme

13. The Kozanağa Zone

14. Zemi Vadisi

Part Two: The Şahinefendi Basin

15. Șahinefendi

16. Orta Tepe

17. Yarlağan Tepe

18. The Sites of the Eastern Sector of Şahinefendi

19. Düğen Tepe


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