PORSUK (zeyve) Mound
Porsuk Mound is located at the southern end of the Anatolian plateau, at the foothills of the Bolkar Mountains of the Central Taurus range. The settlement is also known as Zeyve Mound. Throughout the Ancient Age, Porsuk- Zeyve Mound has been located in a strategic location along the great road connecting Anatolia from North to South and crossing the Taurus Mountains (the current Ankara-Adana highway route) to reach Syria and beyond.
Map: Geographical location of Porsuk
Archaeological layers lie on a conglomerate and have a maximum thickness of eight meters. The oldest settlement that is currently known dates back to the 15th century BC. It includes a layer from the Phrygian period, and a Hellenistic habitat, then a Roman settlement, and lastly a rural settlement.
First discovered by J. Mellaart, the settlement was later investigated by D. French and is included among the EBA settlements in the region. The excavations started in 1969 under the direction of O. Pelon and continued until 2001. Since being restarted by D.P. Beyer and his team in 2004, the excavations were carried out at particular intervals until 2015. Currently, they have been continued by Prof. Claire Barat from the department of Ancient History and Classical Archeology at Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France, with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey since 2017.
Blaizot, F. L'ensemble funéraire tardo-antique de Porsuk : approche archéo-anthropologique (Ulukışla, Cappadoce méridionale, Turquie). Résultats préliminaires. Anatolia Antiqua, Tome 7, pp. 179-218.