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Digital Approaches to Landscape Analysis

This workshop, organised by the Boğsak Archaeological Survey (2010-present), focuses on the use of recent and newly emerging digital tools in the analysis of historic landscapes.

Date/Time: 20 - 21 February 2017

Venue: Bomonti Campus of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSÜ), Istanbul (Turkey)

In the past decade, the rapid development of new technologies, the user-friendly interface of software and applications, and the open access alternatives of proprietary software, made digital tools both more affordable and accessible. On the other hand, the constant need for a digital infrastructure, including regular upgrades of both hardware and software, has significantly increased the cost of archaeological research.

In this process, the demand for tech-savy humanists and social scientists has started to transform –albeit slowly - the academic curricula, as well as the research interests of young scholars and students. The workshop brings together academic researchers who employ and develop digital tools and technologies in the analysis of landscapes in its widest sense. It includes papers dealing with archaeological, architectural, underwater, and sensory landscapes.

The projects presented in this meeting illustrate the use of:

  • Historic Landscape Characterization (HLC)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
  • Structure-from-Motion (SfM)
  • Laser Scanning
  • 3D Modelling
  • Integrated Spatial Databases

‘The Boğsak in Isauria’ Project: Old and New Collaborations, provides an update on the ongoing and future research of the Boğsak Archaeological Survey (BOGA). Digital Tools and Projects, includes papers on the use of digital tools and workflows in the analysis of historic buildings, monuments, and landscapes.

The round-table session aims to engage the participants and the audience in a critical evaluation of digital approaches to landscape analysis. The discussion topics include concepts such as paperless archaeology, archaeology as craft, digital efficiency, and slow archaeology.

“Digital Approaches to Landscape Analysis,” is supported by ‘a British Academy Newton Fund Advanced Fellowship’, and led by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkey) and Newcastle University (UK). It is jointly organized by Günder Varinlioğlu and Sam Turner.


Monday 20 February

09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:30 Institutional Welcome / H. Murat Özgen, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science and Letters, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University; Assistant Secretary General of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSÜ)


10:30 - 11:00 BOGA’s Digital and Analog Approaches to Islandscapes: Documenting Boğsak and Dana Islands / Günder Varinlioğlu (MSGSÜ)
11:00 - 11:30 Historical Landscape Characterisation: Theoretical and Methodological Aspects / Francesco Carrer (Newcastle University)
11:30 - 12:00 Historical Landscape Characterization Study in Silifke: Preliminary Results / Yasemin Aydoğdu (İstanbul Technical University)
12:00 - 12:30 Understanding Historic Terraces in the Mediterranean: a New Approach Combining Luminescence Profiling and Historic Characterisation / Sam Turner (Newcastle University)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch


14:00 - 14:30 GIS Analysis of Kırklarlı Region in Byzantine Time / Jesko Fildhuth (German Archaeological Institute İstanbul)
14:30 - 15:00 From Zero-D to 3-D: Voyage of a Virtual Nautical Archaeology Project / Güzden Varinlioğlu (Izmir University of Economics)
15:00 - 15:30 Transcendental Structures, Harmony and Architecture between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages / Gianluca Foschi (Newcastle University)
15:30 - 16:00 Using RTI on Landscape Monuments: A Case Study from the Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project / Müge Durusu Tanrıöver (Bilkent University)
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break



  • Aydın Büyüksaraç (Bitlis Eren University)
  • Néhémie Strupler (Koç University, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations)
  • Tevfik Emre Şerifoğlu (Bitlis Eren University)
  • Alexander Turner (Newcastle University)
  • Çetin Tüker (MSGSÜ)
  • Toby C. Wilkinson (Churchill College/McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge)

18:00 Thanks and Close

Tuesday 21 February

09:30-12:30 Training on laser data and photogrammetry data / Alexander Turner (Newcastle University)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 RTI training / Müge Durusu Tanrıöver (Bilkent University)