Early Byzantine Settlements and Rural House Architecture in Central Lycia

Isler B.

ADALYA, vol.16, pp.285-304, 2013 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: ADALYA
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.285-304
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Surveys conducted by the author in the mountainous area north of Demre (Myra) between 2006 and 2009 with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and under the supervision of the Antalya Museum have provided much data on the region's settlement pattern and architecture in the Early Byzantine period. The sites covered include the villages of Cagman and Muskar in the district of Demre, and their quarters called Devekuyusu, Alacahisar, Karabel, Dogu and Bati. Asarcik, Alakilise, Dikmen and Yilanbasi. While the structures identified vary from houses to military and religious buildings, they still retain their authentic local architecture and thus shed light onto the rural life of the region in the Early Byzantine period. The study presented here aims at contributing, though small it may be, to the research on the dating of the houses and their original condition by revealing regional topography and local architectural characteristics.