The Burgaz Harbors Project, led jointly by Elizabeth S. Greene of Brock University and Stanford’s Justin Leidwanger in collaboration with Numan Tuna of Middle East Technical University, aims to conduct comprehensive survey and excavation in the four harbors associated with the Archaic through late Roman site of Burgaz, generally considered to be the early settlement of the Knidians along the Datça peninsula. Conducted since 2011, this initiative incorporates survey, excavation, ceramic and environmental analysis, as well as heritage management and outreach into a comprehensive study of the development of the town, its ports, and its integration within a broader maritime cultural and economic landscape.
With wide paved streets on an orthogonal plan, ample public spaces and wealthy private residences, Burgaz initially flourished in the Archaic period as a result of its proximity to the most fertile agricultural territory in the area. Its location along the protected southern coast of the Datça peninsula, enhanced through the addition of four built harbors, situated it perfectly to take advantage of seaborne exchange around the southeast Aegean. Following the growth of Knidos about 35 km to the west during the late Classical period, the nature of economy and society at Burgaz changed in response to new patterns of mobility and connectivity. The Burgaz Harbors Project investigates how this one ancient port complex reflects broader developments in socioeconomic relationships that linked communities and landscapes along the Datça peninsula, throughout the southeast Aegean, and beyon
For more information, see the project’s blog (2014 blog, 2015 blog). For contacts, as well as publications and presentations related to this fieldwork and research, see the webpages of the harbor project directors (Greene and Leidwanger).