Applied Geophysics

Tumuli of Pergamon

The german-french-turkish project NekroPergEol – From monumental grave mounds to urban necropoleis revolves around the 'Archaeology of Death' in the Hellenistic period in Pergamon and the Aeolis (western Turkey). A huge part is the investigation of the tumuli of Pergamon with archaeological and geophysical methods.

Especially the Yığma Tepe, the largest tumulus in Pergamon poses a challenge for archaeological prospection. From 2014 to 2018 a combined geophysical-archaeological approach was taken. Geophysical measurements were performed by a team from the Universities of Kiel and Kocaeli.

P- and SH-wave seismic methods were applied to investigate the overall structure of the tumulus and identify local targets or archaeological interest. ERT, geomagnetic and GPR measurements were done, often in combination with archaeological trenches, to understand the building and near-surface structure of the tumulus. Similar methods were used on the much smaller X-Tepe, another one of Pergamon’s tumuli.

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Publications

Mecking, R., Rabbel, W., & Erkul, E. (2015). Geophysikalische Prospektion am Yığma Tepe, in F. Pirson, Pergamon - Bericht über die Arbeiten in der Kampagne 2014. Archäologischer Anzeiger 2015/2, pp. 127-133.

Mecking, R., Rabbel, W., & Erkul, E. (2016). Geophysikalische Prospektion am Yığma Tepe, in F. Pirson, Pergamon - Bericht über die Arbeiten in der Kampagne 2015. Archäologischer Anzeiger 2016/2, pp. 164-169.

Rabbel, W., Erkul, E., & Mecking, R. (2018). Bericht über die Arbeiten in der Kampagne 2017. Archäologischer Anzeiger, II.