Comment on Analyses of Seismic Deformation at the Kibyra Roman Stadium, Southwest Turkey by Volkan Karabacak, Onder Yonlu, Eray Doku, Nafiye Gunenc Kiyak, Erhan Altunel, Sukru Ozudogru, Cahit Caglar Yalciner, and Husnu Serdar Akyuz

Elitez I., Yaltırak C.

GEOARCHAEOLOGY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, vol.29, no.4, pp.349-352, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/gea.21482
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-352
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


The ancient city of Kibyra, which has been damaged by ancient earthquakes, is located on the middle part of Burdur-Fethiye Fault Zone (SW Turkey). The existence of an active NNE-SSW-trending left-lateral fault cutting the stadium of Kibyra has been previously discussed in many publications (Akyuz and Altunel, 1997, 2001; Karabacak, 2011). Karabacak et al. (2013) also adhere to this view and restate it in the recent article published in Geoarchaeology. However, there is no evidence directly indicating a fault cutting the stadium and the earthquake damage to the stadium was most likely caused by ground shaking. In conclusion, the arguments, observations and interpretations presented by Karabacak et al. (2013) are misleading in key respects and must be reviewed. (C) 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.