Field School in Gazipaşa, Turkey

June 15 — August 14, 2016

Application Deadline: February 20, 2016

(Note: Preference given to those who submit their applications before December 1, 2015)

Session I (June 15 to July 14)
Session II (July 15 to August 14)

Application Instructions and Requirements:
Step 1-
Apply via UNL Education Abroad  "MyWorld":
Step 2-
Complete the Turkish Visa Application and return it , along with a high resolution passport photo (jpg), to Professor Michael Hoff:


Costs can be found at the following URL:

Costs include:

  • Residence in Project excavation house near the city center of Gazipaşa. Each room will have two to possibly six beds.
  • All meals (except weekend breakfast; Sunday lunch and dinner)
  • Transportation from excavation house to and from the archaeological site
  • Instruction in archaeological field techniques
  • Excursions to local archaeological sites
  • Medical insurance

Costs do not include:
  • Transportation to Gazipaşa
  • Turkish Research Visa
  • University of Nebraska tuition if taken for academic credit (see below)

Academic Credit

Academic credit is optional. 3 to 6 hours offered through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Antiochia ad Cragum is located in the village of Güney, approximately 20 km southeast of Gazipaşa, where the project headquarters are located and where participants stay. Gazipaşa lies 40 km southwest of the resort city of Alanya. Transportation to Gazipaşa from Istanbul is available by bus or air. A new airport in Gazipaşa began operations in 2012 with daily flights from Istanbul and Ankara. Bus service is also available; an overnight bus from Istanbul is the most economical way to travel to Gazipaşa.

2016 Excavation Areas

Great Bath
In 2015 the frigidarium of the Great Bath was completely revealed. The excavation exposed not only the mosaic floor but also pottery kilns that date to the Late Roman period when the Great Bath was transformed into an industrial complex. The mosaic culminates in the chamber’s apse with a large lotus decoration. In 2016 we will excavate the central chamber of the Great Bath (tepidarium) in which we expect to locate the chamber’s heating system (hypocaust).

Based on the site topography, exploratory trenches in 2015 revealed the location of the city’s legislative center, the Bouleuterion, that likely served as an odeion as well. This theatre-like structure contained an orchestra and speaker’s platform, and had a single VIP row constructed out of marble blocks, but the rest of the seating was by wooden grandstands. Approximately 60% of the structure was revealed in 2015; the rest of the structure will be a focus of the 2016 season.

Colonnaded Street
In 2012 two shops that are located along the Colonnaded Street, the main avenue of the city, were cleared and in 2014 two columns were restored to their original position along the colonnade. In 2016 and additional shop will be explored to further elucidate the commercial functions of the ancient city.

During the Byzantine era, the high point of the ancient city was occupied by a complex of seemingly related buildings that surrounded a large church and ancillary building. This complex has been a major focus in 2014 and 2015 and will continue to be so in 2016.

Typical Work-week

The excavation runs on a Monday-Friday schedule.  Typically, we depart for the site at 5:30 AM and enjoy a group breakfast at the site. Work begins at 6:30 and continues until 1 PM.  There is mid-morning break at 10:00.  Lunch is served at 1:00, also at the site.  Post-lunch activities may include ceramics cleaning and sorting, and report writing.  At least once a week there is an organized swimming event to the nearby “private cove.”  Dinners are provided in the Gazipaşa excavation house at approximately 7:00 PM.  Lunch and dinner will not be provided on Saturdays, nor are breakfasts served on weekends.

For more information, contact:

Prof. Michael Hoff
Tel.: 402-472-5342

Fig. 1
Block Documentation
Fig. 2
Following documentation, blocks are carefully moved.
Fig. 3
Mosaic conservation (2012)
Fig. 4
Fiberscopic Remote Inspection equipment, utilizing a boroscope, is used to investigate clues to the original structural and architectural design of the temple as well as its current condition.
Fig. 5
Excavations have been carried out on the temple mound since 2009.
Fig. 6
Cleaning of the mosaic  (2012)
Fig. 7
Mosaic and pool excavation in progress (2012)