THE LOGISTIC CENTERS IN MEDIEVAL ANATOLIA SELJUK PORT–CITIES
In the Seljuk Period, the Anatolia urban network and transportation system taken from Byzantine Empire were re–organized by the multi–purpose economic policies in order to increase the international trading potentials and develop the agricultural production. So, it is said that the port cities of Mediterranean and Black Sea were played a key role in Seljuk both economic and military policies. In this context the port cities functioned and acted like logistic centers for the overseas military operations and international trading activities in the urban network and transportation system in Anatolia. In that vein, this study attempts to examine the spatial patterns and functional characteristics of the port cities under Seljuk control in Anatolia. Here, the methodological framework is mostly based on examination of the original historical documents, archaeological findings and architectural remains with the numismatics, and also transferring those data on to the maps. It is considered that this study is contributed to identify the port cities with locational conditions for logistic center potentials in the context of the historical geography of Anatolia.<
Anatolia, Seljuk, port cities, logistics.