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California State University, Northridge, University Corporation (Northridge, CA 91330-8316)
Owen Patrick Doonan (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$275,000 (approved)
$275,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2021

Origins and Development of the Black Sea Colonial System: Excavations in the Early Greek Colony of Sinope, Turkey

Archaeological excavation and analysis at the Black Sea port of Sinop, Turkey. (36 months)

The Sinop Regional Archaeological Project will carry out three seasons of excavation and restoration in the heart of the ancient city of Sinope (modern Sinop), the most strategic port in the Black Sea region from the early first millennium BCE until the Crimean war. The site preserves a unique pre-colonial to early colonial sequence in one of earliest and likely best-preserved early Ionian colony sites in the Black Sea (Pontic) region. The purpose of these three seasons of excavation is to test the proposition that a highly developed system of trans-Pontic interaction was active before the arrival of the Ionian colonists in the seventh century BCE by stratigraphic excavation of a pre-colonial Iron Age settlement featuring intrusive North Pontic ceramics and architecture at the site of the early colony of Sinope. The excavation is designed to integrate with the systematic archaeological survey carried out by our team in the hinterland of Sinope from 1996-2000 and 2010-12.