By K. Ashhan Yener, K. Aslihan Yener
The result of the Amuq Valley neighborhood tasks (AVRP) awarded during this quantity are the result of 8 seasons of in depth fieldwork (1995-2002) representing the 1st section of a long-range, broadly-based archaeological research within the Hatay zone of southern Turkey. From its inception the study used to be conceived as a chain of coordinated box tasks. The certain and expansive scope of the neighborhood venture originated from a couple of theoretical and methodological concerns. inspired partially via its strength for supplying the exam of interactions among technological advancements, advanced social associations, traditional assets, and the surroundings, the unique Oriental Institute undertaking (then known as the Syro-Hittite day trip) within the Thirties used to be officially reactivated in 1995. the method of taking a nearby process with a chain of associated box tasks tested an strange multi-institutional laboratory to investigate key subject matters that it's was hoping will supply motives approximately local and interregional relationships. The preliminary degree of the examine method fascinated about contextualising the settlements through survey, through site-specific investigations sooner than the resumption of recent excavations. The neighborhood surveys detailed the Amuq Valley (the undeniable of Antioch, this present day Antakya) and the delta of the Orontes River (today Samandag). Artifactual and micro-scale reports have been the point of interest of the 3rd scale of investigations.
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Two main passes over the Amanus Mountain range are Beylan (Belen) and Arslanlı Bel in the northeast (Alkım 1969: 280). Beylan is known as the “Syrian Gates” and affords communication between the Amuq and southern coastal Cilicia (Çukurova) via Iskenderun (Alexandretta). Furthermore, as a northern extension of the African Rift Valley, the Amuq provides access between the high alpine highlands of eastern Turkey, the Caucasus region, and the inland river valleys of Israel, Jordan, and farther to Egypt.