Archaeology for Landscape Management and Planning: Historic Landscape Characterization of Urla (İzmir)

Koparal E., Demirciler V., Turner S.

Turkish Journal of Archaeological Sciences, no.2, pp.140-154, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Archaeological Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.140-154
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Historic Landscape Characterization (HLC) is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based approach useful for the management of landscapes. It is a detailed landscape analysis that makes use of spatial data including maps, remote sensing including aerial images and information for defining historic landscapes within the context of their deep history, dynamism and vulnerability. It was initially developed in Cornwall (UK) in the 1990s. Since then the method has been disseminated across Europe, and used in various regions of the Mediterranean to identify the deep history and dynamic nature of landscapes. In this article we share the preliminary results and our approach for HLC analysis executed for Urla region. Urla in İzmir district is a complex place with deep history where the pace of urbanization is high, with consequent negative impacts on the historic landscape. HLC analysis provides a spatial and diachronic method to define knowledge about the landscape and to generate strategies for its management and future planning.

Keywords: Historic Landscape Characterization (HLC), landscape archaeology, cultural landscapes, ancient terraces, Urla-İzmir