Interpretation and presentation of archaeological sites: the case of Magnesia on the Meander /

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017

Thesis Language: English

Student: Başak Kalfa



The core of this thesis is the interpretation and presentation of archaeological sites which are the palimpsests of past lives and cultures. The thesis investigates the interpretation and presentation approaches for an archaeological site to display itself to the non-professional audiences while preserving its unique characteristics. The study can be divided into two cohesive parts: the former as the conceptual and theoretical section and the latter is investigation on a specific case. At the first section conceptual and legislative backgrounds along with the case studies with presentation approaches are examined. At the second part, Magnesia on the Meander, an archaeological site in Germencik district of Aydın is deeply investigated with its history and interpretation and presentation approaches done until today. At the final part, an interpretation and presentation principles for Magnesia on the Meander is proposed. ICOMOS Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites, known as the Ename Charter, is decided to be guideline for this proposal. Besides, Freeman Tilden’s principles are used for the final decisions.