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Müjde Peker – Ceren Baykan – Daniş Baykan,
Nif Dağı: Ballıcaoluk (2008-2016). Prof. Dr. Elif Tül Tulunay Onurunda
XVI + 204 pp., num. b/w-figs., 28 x 20 cm; softcover
Ballıcaoluk is situated on a hilltop in the forest land between Vişneli village in the district of Kemalpaşa county and Dağkızılca village in the district of Torbalı county in İzmir, on the eastern side of the Nif Mountain. The Nif Mountain is in the east of İzmir and around borders of Kemalpaşa, Buca, and Torbalı counties. Kemalpaşa Plain is at its north side, Karabel Pass which give access to the road between Smyrna and Sardeis to Kaystros (Küçük Menderes) Valley is at its east side, Torbalı Valley is at its south side. The research on the Nif Mountain which was began with the archaeological excursions (1999-2001) directed by Prof. Dr. Elif Tül Tulunay has enabled us to have information about previously unknown remains here. This region was rarely mentioned in the ancient sources and the modern literature despite the dense settlement traces and since it is necessary to carry out documentation work in this area before suffering from further damage by nature and people, surveys were held in 2004-2005 by the permission of the Ministery of the Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Republic and in 2006 the Nif Mountain Excavation was began by the decision of the Turkish Council of Ministers. A building complex dated to the Laskarid period and before in Başpınar, a necropolis with various types of graves in Dağkızılca, an Archaic settlement and a Hellenistic necropolis in Karamattepe were uncovered within the scope of The Nif Mountain Research and Excavation Project under the direction of Prof. Dr. Elif Tül Tulunay. The excavation is carried out at Ballıcaoluk which was started in 2008 within the Nif Mountain Excavation.