Risk Analysis as a Support for Conservation Decision-Making Process: The Case of Archaeological Sites in Turkey

Yıldırım Esen S., Bilgin Altınöz A. G.

7th World Archaeology Congress – WAC7, Amman, Jordan, 13 - 18 January 2013

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Amman
  • Country: Jordan
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Effective preservation requires a thorough understanding of factors that might result in the

destruction of irreplaceable historical evidence. Hence, risk analysis can be a powerful tool

for cultural heritage management. Having exceedingly rich cultural assets. Turkey possesses

traces of various Anatolian civilizations. However, this heritage is threatened with natural

disasters including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and rock falls. This paper aims to present

an analysis of risks threatening archaeological sites of Turkey. Focusing on this aim, hazards

are introduced and a methodology for analyzing risks is proposed. Finally, results of risk

analysis and its role as a decision-support tool are discussed.