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Welcome to the British Institute at Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara supports, enables and encourages research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ancient and modern history, heritage management, social sciences and contemporary issues in public policy and political sciences. Founded in 1948, the BIAA was incorporated in the 1956 cultural agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the United Kingdom. The BIAA is one of the British Academy's overseas Institutes. It has offices in Ankara and London, and a dedicated staff of experts from a wide variety of academic and cultural backgrounds.

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Visit the research resources of the British Institute at Ankara. Here you will find information about the Ankara Research Centre, library and collections, as well as online catalogues and databases.

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BIAA suggests: Sixteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture

16 March 2017: Sixteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture, Management Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr Alexis Alexandris, diplomat and historian, former Consul General of Greece in Istanbul and Representative of Greece to the UN, Geneva, will speak on “The Greek Communities in Turkey: Past, Present and Future”. Read more>>

Publication of 'An Album of Maps', by David French

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest text in this series, Roman Roads and Milestones, 'An Album of Maps', by David French. Please be aware of the large file size (c. 380 MB), which is due to the number and high quality of the maps included in the publication. Download it here »

BIAA suggest: TÜBİTAK-British Council Bilateral Cooperation Call

The Katip Çelebi-Newton Bilateral Cooperation Call is now open for researchers in Turkey registered on TÜBİTAK ARBİS (Researcher Information System). Call duration 17 August - 31 October 2016

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BIAA suggests: 4 Research Associate positions for the project Impact of Ancient Cites

Applications are sought for four postdoctoral researchers on the ERC funded ‘Impact of the Ancient City’ project led by the Principal Investigator Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. See details at http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/vacancies

British Academy Research Fellowships can now be hosted at the BIAA

The British Academy Sponsored Institutes and Societies (BASIS) are pleased to announce that henceforth, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships, Mid-Career Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships may include time spent at a BASIS institution.  Details of the grant schemes may be found at http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding-opportunities. Read more>>

Can you help us support the archaeology of ancient Ariassos and surrounding Pisidia? The Roman Arch at Ariassos was built with some 1,000 stones – if we raise £30 for each stone we can do it. We’re hoping to raise £30,000 for BIAA work in this region of southwestern Turkey.

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Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality

This 3-year long BIAA project aimed at fostering a cross-discpilinary exchange of research findings and cooperation on research methods for the study of the movement of people, things and ideas in Turkey and the wider region from the Paleolithic era until today.

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Çaltılar Survey Çaltılar Survey

The Çaltılar survey project was concerned with northern Lycia during the Bronze and Early Iron Ages, specifically its settlement history and material culture.  Work was undertaken between 2008 and 2010 and directed jointly by Nicoletta Momigliano, Alan Greaves, Tamar Hodos, and Belgin Aksöy.

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Boncuklu Excavations Boncuklu Excavations

Director: Douglas Baird. Since 2006, Douglas Baird has been directing work at Boncuklu, one of the sites located during the course of the Konya Plain regional survey.  The project’s main goals were to understand the appearance and trajectory of sedentary, cultivating, and herding communities in the understudied region of central Anatolia, and has also invested in public outreach and heritage management.

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Göksu Archaeological Project Göksu Archaeological Project

The Göksu archaeological project ran between 2002 and 2006 and was aimed at examining the area between Mut and Karaman that was threatened with flooding by the construction of the Mut dam.  Hugh Elton directed this project, which also surveyed surrounding regions to provide a context for the settlement.

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Çatalhöyük Excavations, 1993-2017 Çatalhöyük Excavations, 1993-2017

In 1993, after a hiatus of nearly three decades, excavation and survey work at Çatalhöyük was resumed under the direction of Ian Hodder.  With multiple international teams working side by side, new discoveries have occurred on a larger scale than ever before.  

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Polatlı Excavations Polatlı Excavations

The Polatlı excavations were directed by Seton Lloyd and Nuri Gökçe in 1951.  The work comprised a new investigation into third and second millennium stratigraphy in Anatolia.

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Anazarbus Survey Anazarbus Survey

The Anazarbus survey was conducted by Michael and Mary Gough, taking place in Anavarza (Adana Province) between 1949 and 1951.  The site was surveyed, architectural monuments were recorded, and epigraphic squeezes were taken.

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Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies

The project, focusing primarily on diplomatic and political history, explores the relationship between Turkey and Britain from the First World War to Turkey’s entry into NATO in 1952.

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Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality

This 3-year long BIAA project aimed at fostering a cross-discpilinary exchange of research findings and cooperation on research methods for the study of the movement of people, things and ideas in Turkey and the wider region from the Paleolithic era until today.

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Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project

David Shankland undertook a unique programme of research between 1995 and 2000: an ethno-archaeological study.  Çatalhöyük and the nearby village of Küçükköy were selected as the research sites, and the project was significant for the way it was able to combine two disciplines and approaches that typically remain very far from each other.

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Aspendos and Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Projects Aspendos and Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Projects

Project Coordinator: Işılay Gürsu. The joint CHM project of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and the archaeology department of Hacettepe University (Ankara) started in January 2013 and builds on results of the Aspendos Archaeological Project and the Pisidia Survey Project.

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Boncuklu Excavations Boncuklu Excavations

Director: Douglas Baird. Since 2006, Douglas Baird has been directing work at Boncuklu, one of the sites located during the course of the Konya Plain regional survey.  The project’s main goals were to understand the appearance and trajectory of sedentary, cultivating, and herding communities in the understudied region of central Anatolia, and has also invested in public outreach and heritage management.

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Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project

David Shankland undertook a unique programme of research between 1995 and 2000: an ethno-archaeological study.  Çatalhöyük and the nearby village of Küçükköy were selected as the research sites, and the project was significant for the way it was able to combine two disciplines and approaches that typically remain very far from each other.

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Study of Turkish Carpet Production Study of Turkish Carpet Production

In 1963 and 1964 May Hamilton and Colin Beattie travelled across Anatolia in an exploration of the Turkish carpet industry.

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Restoration of the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon Restoration of the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon

Restoration work on the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon was directed by David Winfield and carried out in collaboration with the Walker Trust between 1957 and 1962. Paintings, frescoes, and other architectural elements were cleaned, restored, and preserved to the extent possible.

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