Kuruçen Ovası, Pisidia Survey Project POI389
5th - 7th C.
Late Roman D Production Site. Modern terraces cut into the hill at Kuruçen Ovası, and erosion on the steep dirt track up to the site leading from the asphalt road below, have both exposed large quantities of LRDW ceramics on the surface together with wasters.
This is one of seven LRDW production sites that has been identified in this area. The production sites themselves are relatively small and suggest a series of workshops operating as part of a larger economic unit. Such modes of production forming nucleated industries are typical of the countryside in the later Roman world, and it is a useful case-study of fine ware being produced not in giant kilns as in some earlier periods elsewhere, but rather as part of nucleated rural workshops. Their location close to the Küçükaksu river in southern Asia Minor must represent part of a thriving late Roman rural economy which exported these ceramic wares down the river and the Aksu to the Mediterranean.