Identifying medieval Komana in the 12th-13th centuries through spatial analysis of archaeological data with a multidisciplinary approach

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017


Principal Supervisor (For Co-Supervisor Theses): EVANGELİA PİŞKİN



Dynamics of Medieval Anatolia such as economy, politics, social life and religion, are mostly studied through written sources, public monuments, religious architecture and in most cases decontextualized material culture. These sources of evidence mostly represent the wealthy class and ruling elites. Both rural and urban sites do have the archaeological potential for understanding production, consumption and discard behaviors within domestic and industrial contexts. This kind of a perspective with a multidisciplinary approach, will surely help transform this potential to knowledge. With this approach the role of archaeological excavations is huge, they provide the conditions to detect behavioral signatures through spatial analysis, understanding of the organization and operation of spaces in intrasite level, thus provide the construction of past dynamics. The statistical representation of artifacts and ecofacts from a variety of contexts and distribution patterns of all archaeological finds within spaces are expected to increase our understanding of the use of space, production, consumption and discard behaviors. Formation processes in such a study also has increasing significance. In this thesis, medieval Komana (12th – 13th centuries) is studied through spatial analysis of archaeological data. The results of spatial analysis is used in order to identify operation and organization of the site and to set Komana into archaeological and historical context among numerous contemporary sites in various settings, with a comparative analysis