About us

Welcome to the website of the Sinop Regional ArchaeologicalProject (SRAP), a collaborative, interdisciplinary archaeological research project directed by Dr. Owen Doonan of California State University-Northridge and Dr. Alexander Bauer of Queens College of the City University of New York.  The aim of SRAP is to investigate long-term patterns of land-use and settlement and communication networks in the Black Sea coastal region of Sinop, Turkey, from the inland valleys and mountains to the sea, by employing both extensive reconnaissance of its numerous ecological zones and intensive techniques of systematic survey and excavation in selected zones. SRAP initially developed as a component of the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Sea Trade Project (BSTP), whose aim was to investigate patterns of maritime exchange in the Black Sea and the economic relationships of its ports and hinterlands, and to develop a systematic and integrated multi-component research program across terrestrial, shallow, and deep water environments. Results from fieldwork between 1996 and 2001 have been published in numerous journal articles and book chapters (please see the project bibliography page for the complete list), and in the book by Owen Doonan, Sinop Landscapes: Exploring Connection in a Black Sea Hinterland (University of Pennsylvania Museum Press 2004).

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