Boğsak Archaeological Survey is a multi-disciplinary and diachronic archaeological fieldwork project that encompasses the documentation, study, and analysis of all the material remains on land and underwater, as well as the intangible heritage in the territory delineated by the fieldwork permit. BOGA evaluates the settlements within the context of the complex maritime landscapes of the Taşucu Gulf and its terrestrial hinterland, extending from the Mediterranean into the Taurus Mountains.

BOGA comprises several sub-fields, including —but not restricted to— landscape, maritime, and architectural survey, archaeometric and geoarchaeological analysis, ethnographic and anthropological research. BOGA is an on-going project directed by Günder Varinlioglu (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul) since 2010.


The name “Boğsak Archaeological Survey (BOGA)” refers to two toponyms. The first is Boğsak Island. The project started in 2010 with the survey on Boğsak Island, which remained as the focus of an intensive archaeological and architectural study until 2016. Secondly, the coastline of the research territory comprises two boğsaks, a local toponym that denotes an isthmus. The western boğsak is the isthmus that connects Ovacık Island (Peninsula) to the land, while the eastern one is located at the peninsula across from Boğsak Island, where Ağa Limanı (Ak Liman) is situated.

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