SOAS University of London

SOAS academic awarded £100,000 by British Council to protect heritage site Rum Kale in Turkey

11 April 2017

Scott Redford, Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London has been awarded a grant for a project to document and protect the historic heritage site of Rum Kale in Turkey.

The £99,960 grant was awarded from the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund which is set up in partnership with DCMS.

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Above: The site at Rum Kale

The ‘Documenting and Protecting Heritage at Rum Kale Project’ will undertake recording and prepare management plans for the fortified archaeological site of Rum Kale. Turkey in general, and especially SE Turkey, due to its proximity to Syria, has been negatively affected by the conflict there. Planning is underway for the post-conflict era, and great hopes are being pinned on the potential of tourism to act as an economic motor for the region.

This two-year project will build on the excavation, clearing and site development that has taken place at Rum Kale so far with a long term aim of enabling better site management and further increasing tourism in the post-Syria conflict period.

As well as undertaking mapping and an archaeological and geomorphological survey of all major buildings on the site and its immediate surrounds, a section will be open for visitors, and a site tourism/management plan and masterplan for restoration will be developed.

The project will be undertaken in partnership with the Gaziantep Archaeology Museum.

The Cultural Protection Fund was launched in June 2016 by the British Council in partnership with Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The £30m fund is set up to protect cultural heritage overseas at risk due to conflict.