18 May 2019 - 14:30


18 May 2019 - 15:30

Letoon Kutsal Alanı

Letoon Arkeolojik Araştırma Projesi (LAAP) ve Gelecek Perspektifi

The Eşen Plain, which is located in the southwestern part of the Teke Peninsula between Fethiye and Antalya gulf, is formed by alluviums carried by River Ksanthus. Letoon was established on the skirts of the Tümtüm Hill, a small peak of the mountain ridge stretching to the northwest on the slopes of the Koca Tepe, which is in the northwest of this plain. The baseline date is unknown, but like all the alluvial areas, the ancient settlements have been transformed over time until they have survived and remain under thick alluvium layers. Like other coastal settlements of the region, Letoon is now located in the area that was originally a bay but gradually transformed into a lagoon and then a land mass with the alluvial deposits. Research in the sanctuary of Letoon has been shaped in a process from 1840 to the present. The first systematic studies at Letoon were initiated by the French academics in 1962. The second cycle of the systematic archaeological studies at Letoon has been carried out since 2011 on behalf of Başkent University pursuant to the Decree of the Council of Ministers. On 09/12/1988 the sanctuary of Letoon, together with Ksanthos, was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, as it successfully meets the cultural criteria (ii) and (iii) with its Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), influence on the Lycian and subsequent Western architecture and well-preserved inscriptions partially enabling the decipherment of the Lycian language.


The actions that impacted architectural development achieved by religion and politics even though times may change in Letoon. The speech about an interdisciplinary research project called the Letoon Archaeological Project (LAAP), designed in accordance with the mission of UNESCO and strategic objectives and future and its future perspective.


Sema Atik Korkmaz

Başkent Üniversitesi