Discovering Perge: Celebrating 65 Years of Excavations on Turkey's Mediterranean Coast
AIA Society Event: Boston
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:30pm
Boston University, School of Law, 12th Floor Lounge
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 2215
A lecture by Inci Delemen of Istanbul University.
The glorious story of Perge, located near Turkey's Mediterranean coast and modern Antalya, began in prehistoric times and continues today with its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the captial of ancient Pamphylia, Perge gained a preeminant status, and it remains an important source for understanding Classical cities. Its impressive remains, especially of the Hellenistic, Imperial Roman, and Late Roman periods, include remarkably well-preserved city walls, streets, baths, an agora, a theater, and a stadium, all of which together provide insight into aspects of ancient urban planning. Additionally, much of the city was elaborately adorned with a vast assemblage of sculpture that suggests Perge's role as one of the most important sculpture ateliers of its time.
With continuous Istanbul University exploration of the site since 1946, the project now celebrates its 65th anniversary, making it the longest-running all-Turkish excavation in the country. Dr. Delemen is a long-time member of the excavation team; his lecture coincides with a traveling poster exhibition that marks this special occasion and will be on view at the same location. The lecture is free and open to the public.