Magnetic investigation of the archaeological site of Amorium, Emirdağ, Afyon, Turkey

Mehmet A. Kaya(1) , Yunus L. Ekinci(1,+), Pınar Yiğit(2)  and Christopher S. Lightfoot(3)

(1)Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Jeofizik Müh. Böl., Terzioğlu Kampüsü, 17020, Çanakkale, Turkey

(2)Oyak Bank, Çanakkale, Turkey

(3)New York Metropolitan Museum, USA

(+)Corresponding Author (

(Received 16 June 2006; accepted 14 February 2007)

Abstract: Amorium is well-known as an important city in the middle of the Anatolian plateau that flourished mainly during the Byzantine period. The archaeological site is located approximately 70 km to the northeast from the modern provincial capital of Afyon. The archaeomagnetic survey was carried out in an area located in the Lower City near the Large Building. The measurements were taken by means of a Geoscan FM 36 Fluxgate magnetometer. The aim was to detect buried archaeological remains. In order to obtain further information about lateral extension of the remains, the boundary analysis technique was used. In this way the maxima of the horizontal gradients that outline the boundaries of the source bodies were computed. Largest maxima points were suggested as the most promising ones for archaeological excavation.