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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 message regarding the tragic attack in Istanbul

The BIAA members and staff would like to express their condemnation of the revolting terrorist attack at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport yesterday and the deep sorrow felt. Our deepest condolences go to those who have lost loved ones and our sympathy to the wounded and their families.

CONFERENCE REPORT: Turkey and Britain during the First World War

The conference report of the inaugural event of the BIAA project Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies is now available for download through this link. The conference was co-organised with USAK. For more information about the project visit the website https://fromenemiestoallies.com/

Latest up-to-date travel advice on Turkey by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The FCO has updated the travel advice on Turkey on April 4. You can find the summary and detailed sections here

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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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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Tabara El Akrad Excavation Tabara El Akrad Excavation

The Tabara El Akrad excavations took place between 1948 and 1949 near Atchana in Hatay Province, with Sinclair Hood acting as project director.  The research aimed to discover more about the connections between the Chalcolithic Tell Esh-Sheikh site and the Bronze Age site of Atchana.

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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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Harran Survey Harran Survey

In 1950 Seton Lloyd and William Brice surveyed Harran and surrounding areas.  In addition to creating a detailed plan of the site and copying inscriptions, they were also successful in locating important sites in the surrounding area.

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Sultantepe Survey Sultantepe Survey

Seton Lloyd and Nuri Gökçe directed survey work at Sultantepe and other sites in Şanlıurfa Province during 1951 and 1952.   Their work at Sultantepe particularly was significant for its contributions to Assyriology, especially the discovery of the tablet hoard now known as the ‘Sultantepe Tablets’.

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

This project aimed at fostering the exchange, counterpoint and cross-fertilisation of ideas between different disciplinary fields represented in BIAA research and resulted in the organisation of three major events in collaboration with different academic and research institutions in Ankara.

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Balkan Futures Balkan Futures

Balkan Futures, a project run jointly between the BIAA, the BSA (with the EF and LSE as key partner institutions), examines inter-regional development and cooperation in south-eastern Europe during a period of crisis rather than consolidation within the EU.

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

This project aimed at fostering the exchange, counterpoint and cross-fertilisation of ideas between different disciplinary fields represented in BIAA research and resulted in the organisation of three major events in collaboration with different academic and research institutions in Ankara.

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Islamic Fashion, Economy and Morality in Modern Turkey Islamic Fashion, Economy and Morality in Modern Turkey

The research project focused on a less-explored component of Islamic fashion, that is, on the design and production of commodified forms of religious appearance, and addresses the relationships between religion, economics and materiality that these activities, and their presentation and legitimation might reveal.

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Understanding British/Ottoman Relations at the Twilight of the Ottoman Empire, 1880-1922 Understanding British/Ottoman Relations at the Twilight of the Ottoman Empire, 1880-1922

The project covers specific events in British-Ottoman relations and the major personalities who helped shape the British policy concerning the Ottoman Empire during this period. The specific focus of the project is to consider and compare the cultural aspects of diplomacy from both British and Ottoman perspectives to illustrate the social and cultural forces at work inside diplomacy between the two states.

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Cultural Heritage Management Projects Cultural Heritage Management Projects

The regional cultural heritage management of the ancient Pisidia project aims to promote the cultural and natural heritage of the region for the visitors who enjoy off-the-beaten track visiting experiences; and to implement a sustainable management plan which will enable the local communities to offer proper visitor facilities within the guidelines of eco-tourism.

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