CBOMGS doctoral researcher awarded fellowship at the Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations

CBOMGS Doctoral researcher Wei-sheng Lin has been awarded a nine-month research fellowship at the Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) during the academic year 2016-2017.

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The Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) is dedicated to supporting and disseminating research on archaeology of Turkey, museum studies, and heritage management. Based in the heart of Istanbul, it provides researchers with access to the research communities and archives in the city, and the centre's own extensive library collections.

In the course of this fellowship, Wei-sheng Lin will make extensive use of the library collections at the centre and in the city for his doctoral research on medieval Cilicia. Wei will be investigating patterns of economic activity along the region's coast from the thirteenth century onwards. His project aims to analyse the determining factors that caused some settlements to be more visited than others.

Situated between central Anatolia, Syria, and the Eastern Mediterranean, Cilicia was one of the main emporia for trade in the thirteenth century. His doctoral thesis will show that the rise of Ayas as an entrepôt in the thirteenth century was not accidental.