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Hide and Seek. Roads, Lookouts and Directional Visibility Cones in Central Anatolia

Jacopo Turchetto
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  • University of Padova, Department of Cultural Heritage, Piazza Capitaniato 7, 35139 - Padova (PD), Italy
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Published Online: 2017-06-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2017-0004


In Cappadocia (central Turkey), routes that were only of a secondary importance during the Roman age acquired a new relevance starting from the end of the 7th century. In this framework, to what extent did the archaeological evidence match the picture recalled by the written sources? To address this question, the relationship between movement and visibility was considered and view shed analyses were conducted from targeted and strategic spots set along the routes considered. This allowed to better understand the role and the different functions of those axes crossing Cappadocia, and to evaluate the Byzantine/Arab military strategies in central Anatolia.

Keywords : GIS; Viewshed analysis; Visibility cones; Roman and Byzantine Road System; Byzantine and Arab Cappadocia


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Received: 2016-05-26

Accepted: 2016-10-13

Published Online: 2017-06-27

Published in Print: 2017-01-26

Citation Information: Open Archaeology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 69–82, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2017-0004.

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