Serra Somersan

The subject of my thesis is sacred landscapes in Western Anatolia, their use in antiquity and their relation to the geology in which they are located, with a focus on the period between 700 BC and AD 300. In the context of this thesis, the term ‘sacred landscapes’ implies landforms such as rocks, mountain peaks and springs which were given a religious identity. These landforms will be taken into consideration with their geology, topography and their whole surroundings. The thesis aims to document all such phenomena in the given date and region in a comprehensive manner, approaching the sites from a geological point of view and studying the rituals with a sociological viewpoint.