Interactive Map Demonstration
Developed by TAY Project
About the Project
The focus of this project is to link the last twelve thousand years of Mesopotamia with the present using technology, archaeology, history, anthropology, geography, and economics. Mesopotamia is one of the most important regions in the world in terms of the history of humanity, and it covers most of the modern Near East. It has two major river systems: the Euphrates and Tigris. The region witnessed all major phases of human socio-economic and political evolution in antiquity, owing much of its fame to diverse natural resources.
Mesopotamia and its rich cultural background offer invaluable insights into how people adapted to their environment, how they adjusted their society and economies according to changing natural and political situations through time and across regions within this vast territory. The Digital Mesopotamia Project is aiming to collate wide variety of digital resources such as satellite maps and GPS readings in order to present a diachronic picture of the geography, cultures, subsistence patterns, and political organization mainly with the help of archaeological, anthropological, and historical resources. Using spatial analyses methods, the Digital Mesopotamia Project adapts a long-term perspective in defining the persistent problems of humanity and to start an interdisciplinary conversation among the specialists from diverse backgrounds in order to solve these problems.
Researcher: Bulent Arikan, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul Technical University
Project Collaborator: TAY (The Archaeological Settlements of Turkey) Project