Overseas Field Meetings

The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of overseas field meetings (GA Circular 2020).  If you would like further information on any of the events below, please contact Sarah Stafford at the GA Office on 020 7434 9298 or by e-mail at: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk.

The GA’s Overseas Fieldtrip Guidelines can also be downloaded here.

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Overseas Trips

Geological and Archaeological trip to the Teke Peninsula of Lycia in Southern Turkey

POSTPONED FROM APRIL 2020 to 2023. New Dates: 12th to 22nd April 2023

Leaders: Professor David Bridgland and Alison Ure.

This successful and popular trip has been run 3 times previously by OUGS, and this will be the third time David has led it. A write up in the OUGS national newsletter September 2014 can be accessed through the OUGS website. The area covered is the Lycian Region of South West Turkey, an area laid down in the Cretaceous times and shaped by the closure of the Tethys Ocean thrusting ocean floor overland in two opposing directions. The trip has been extended by a day from the previous trips, to incorporate evidence of the recent discovery of a meteorite impact, creating the formation of Kaş Bay. If you have never visited Turkey before this is an excellent opportunity to discover the fabulous hospitality of the people, great food, fascinating cultural and archaeological history, along with an array of very interesting geological features. Oh and then there is the weather!!

Information on the hotels and most of the sites mentioned in the itinerary below can be found on line. A more comprehensive itinerary will be sent later.

Suggested reading ‘Archaeology and Geology of Lycia Southern Turkey’ by Dr Jill Eyers. (Rocks Afoot field guide series)

Cost tbc: With a maximum of 20 persons prices should not exceed £800 per person for this 11 day trip. This cost hopefully allows for current prices rising in 2022, yet to be confirmed. This price does not include flights and is based on shared accommodation. This price does include 10 nights B&B, transfers to and from the airport (if arriving with the main group) 2 dinners and 1 lunch, coach and driver, Turkish guide and up to three leaders, and entry to all ancient sites. A single supplement of £132 (tbc) will be added for those not wanting shared accommodation.

Personal travel insurance is a necessity for this trip however Turkey is deemed as being in Europe with most insurance companies!

At the current time a visa is no longer required.

Please note that despite political issues in Turkey the area visited on this trip is very safe and is a long way away from any troublesome borders, and the current exchange rate is very favourable for English visitors.

Proposed itinerary: subject to change.

Day 1: Flight to Antalya, Transfer to The Atelya Hotel in the Old town of Antalya. Proposed flight Easy Jet – Gatwick 15.35 – Antalya 21.55

Current suggested flight, Easy Jet, from Gatwick at 15.35, arriving in Antalya 21.55

Day 2: Free morning to explore the Old Town of Antalya originally founded by the Romans. Afternoon visit to the excellent Antalya Museum showcasing many of the archaeological sites we will be visiting. Welcome dinner.

Hotel: Atelya Art Hotel, Antalya.

Day 3: Am: Introduction and overview discussion by David and Alison about the area to be covered during the trip, followed by a drive to Kırk Göz to observe and discuss the processes of the formation of the Antalya plain, travertine, and surrounding limestone mountains.

Hotel: Atelya Art Hotel, Antalya.

Day 4: Am: Black rock at Kumluca, ophiolite outcrop followed by Phaselis an ancient site made up of three harbours. An unconformity of travertine sitting above ophiolite rock will be observed from the roadside.

Pm: Chimera everlasting flames, which have been burning for over 2000yrs, this is a 2km walk (eachway) up steps.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 5: Am: Observation and discussion of the Kasaba Lineament and Kasaba Valley before entering the Dirgenler gorge and visiting limestone quarries followed by a visit to St Nicholas church during the lunch break

Pm: Visit to Myra an ancient site with amazing Rock tombs from the Lycian age and a beautifully preserved Roman theatre followed by the Lycian Museum set in a Roman Grain store by the ancient harbour of Andriake now a silted up wetland and home to a large variety of birds.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 6: Ferry trip (30mins) to the Greek Island of Kastellorizo on the opposite side of Kaş bay. 2-2.5km gentle walk (road, but uphill) to view evidence of the newly discovered meteorite impact that formed Kaş Bay. After lunch weather

& time permitting, there may be a boat trip to a large sea cave for those interested or a gentle stroll around this lovely Greek outpost.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 7: Am: Crystal walk, a 4km walk to view an unusual outcrop of calcite and aragonite.

Pm: Kekova sunken city, a boat trip observing the results of two earthquakes 100years apart. BBQ lunch on the boat.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş

Day 8: Am: Visit to Xanthos ancient site, capital of Lycian region, followed by Saklikent gorge.

Pm: Following the fault line from the head of the gorge we a visit Girmeler caves and thermal springs.

Hotel: Muzzy’s Place, Kayaköy, Greek ghost town.

Day 9: Am: Walk from Kayaköy to Oludeniz 6/7km over the mountains with a variety of different rocks from black breccia of the Tefenni thrust (re-crystallised limestone), black dolomitic limestone, and some schists.

Pm: Opportunity to observe a section of the Köyceğiz thrust showing different thicknesses of limestone beds, tension gashes and chert nodules on the beach. A drive up to Butterfly Valley where a copybook anticline can be observed along with an awesome 400m wall of seriously multi folded and reverse thrusted red shales, interlayered with limestone.

Hotel: Muzzy’s Place, Kayaköy.

Day 10: Am: Driving down the old road we stop briefly at Telmessos ancient site before going hunting for chromite ore in a road cutting. We then travel over the mountain road inland from Fethyie to Antalya, a drive of such intense geological interest it could be a 7 day trip in itself!

Pm: The last stop is Karain cave the oldest settlement in Turkey, evidence of Palaeolithic habitation dating back to 150,000/200,000yrs ago, including Neanderthal. Farewell dinner.

Hotel: Atelya, Antalya

Day 11: 09.00: depart hotel to visit Perge an ancient site and Kurşunlu waterfall where we observe travertine formation.

12:30 dropped off at Antalya airport for Easy Jet flight 12:50 check in and 14.50 flight returning to Gatwick at 17.20

To register your interest please email: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk