Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr William Leadbetter

Abstract

In June of 2000 I was fortunate enough to become a member of a small team of Edith Cowan University students lead by Dr William Leadbetter participating in archaeological fieldwork in Turkey. The site, known as Aperlac, is a fortified industrial site located on the southwest coast of Turkey, in an area known in antiquity as Lycia. The Edith Cowan team was originally asked to study and record the inscriptions that had been found up on the many sarcophagi present up on the site. Up on reaching the site and reviewing the existing data concerning the tombs up on which the epigraphic survey was based, it was found that the information was limited and incomplete. In an effort to remedy this situation the Edith Cowan team took on the task of locating and accurately recording all visible tombs at Aperlac. This task was allocated to me, with the requirement to complete an accurate and comprehensive catalogue of the visible tombs. This task became increasingly difficult as more tombs were being discovered with each passing day. It was realized, towards the end of the 2000 season, that a complete survey would require an additional season of fieldwork. The following Catalogue of Tombs is the culmination of the discoveries and information collected by two dedicated teams of Edith Cowan University Students over two seasons of archaeological fieldwork. In this thesis I have endeavored to explain how the information necessary to create this catalogue was collected and the methods involved. A brief expose of the site and history of the region with a focus upon Apcrlae has been included. The catalogue gives an accurate description of each individual tomb located on the site using the methods discussed in the thesis. These findings are summarized in a brief discussion about the tombs of Aperlae, with a focus upon the discoveries, patterns and features present among these sepulchral monuments.

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