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Colossae - the Project


In 2000 researchers from the University’s Departments of Theology and archaeology began collaborating in a project to investigate the possibility of collaborating in the archaeological, social, cultural and theological interpretation of the site of ancient Colossae, Turkey. The project was designed to seek ways of collaborating with Turkish archaeologists.

Colossae was a unique and important site in the ancient world, and was a central place for the growth of early Christianity. The site remains unexcavated today and will continue to remain as such while Turkish researchers turn their attention primarily to focus on the nearby site, ancient Laodikea.

Interest in Colossae has not dimmed, however, especially as the literature related to the site continues to grow, especially from Australian researchers. We continue to explore partnership with Turkish colleagues when the time approaches for the excavation of Colossae.

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