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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 International Research Institutes (BIRI). 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 Resource Centre of the British Institute at Ankara.  Search or browse our extensive library collection of more than 58,000 records of books, pamphlets, theses, maps and journals, or explore our photo archive and artefact collections of fauna, ceramics, Roman milestone squeezes and much more.

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Call for Papers: Turkey and Britain in the 1920s & 30s

Second workshop of the Britisih Institute at Ankara research project From Enemies to Allies: Turkey and Britain, 1914-1952 (Churchill College, Cambridge, 31 March – 1 April 2017). Confirmed speakers: Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, Professor Richard Toye. Deadline for abstracts 7 January 2017. see more: https://fromenemiestoallies.com/workshop-2/

New Publication by David French

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest text in this series, Roman Roads and Milestones, 'Notes on the Itineraria’, by David French. Download it here »

BIAA Chairman transition

The BIAA extends an earnest and wholehearted Thank You to Sir David Logan for serving as the institute Chairman, offering his support, guidance and vision throughout the previous 11 years! We warmly welcome Professor Stephen Mitchell, FBA as the new incoming Chairman and look forward to a dynamic and productive future.

BIAA suggests: Call for VEKAM research awards

With a view to awarding noteworthy work in the field, VEKAM has issued a call for scientific research to investigate and analyze urban development, social, institutional and economic history as well as the culture and cultural heritage of Ankara and its surroundings.

For details visit: https://vekam.ku.edu.tr/en/content/call-vekam-research-award

BRISMES Annual Conference 2017: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: BRISMES Annual Conference 2017
Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux
IMES, University of Edinburgh | 5-7 July 2017
 

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. 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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Kerkenes Dağ Survey and Excavations Kerkenes Dağ Survey and Excavations

Beginning in 1993 the BIAA has collaborated in work at the significant Iron Age site of Kerkenes Dağ.  An interesting picture of the site’s history and inhabitants has emerged as a variety of methodologies have been undertaken at the site.

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Amorium Excavations Amorium Excavations

Beginning in 1987, excavation work at Amorium (Afyonkarahisar Province) represents the longest-running British archaeological project in Turkey.  First directed by Martin Harrison, the excavations have been led by Chris Lightfoot since 1993. 

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Pisidia Survey Project Pisidia Survey Project

After two initial seasons of work at Pisidian Antioch in 1982-1983, the Pisidia Survey Project evolved as a regional project to record monuments, inscriptions and other identifiable surface remains of the Classical and Postclassical period in the area of ancient Pisidia.  Directed by Stephen Mitchell from 1982 to 1996, it has up to the present been under the direction of Lutgarde Vandeput.

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Can Hasan Excavations Can Hasan Excavations

Excavations at the prehistoric site of Can Hasan took place near Alaçatı village (Karaman Province) between 1961 and 1970, with David French acting as project director.  In addition to the many interesting finds made at this site, Can Hasan also contributed (along with Çatalhöyük) to a more complete stratigraphic sequence for the Konya Plain.

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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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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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Social Media in Turkey Social Media in Turkey

Based on an anthropological / ethnographic approach, this project focused particularly on the implications that the use of social media in Southeast Turkey had on gender, morality, intimacy, and kinship. 

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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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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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Genealogies of rapprochement at the Aegean borders Genealogies of rapprochement at the Aegean borders

This project aimed at a new critical re-description of the rapprochement process between Greek and Turkish societies during a lengthy time span (1974-2010), offering innovative explanations about the emergence of reconciliation initiatives. 

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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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Study of Trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia Study of Trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia

In 2009 a project exploring the relations between Ottoman and early Republican Turkey and the southeast Asian Muslim states was initiated by Andrew Peacock and Annabel Teh Gallop.  It fell under the umbrella of the BIAA’s ‘Frontiers of the Ottoman World’ strategic initiative and was conducted in collaboration with the Association for Southeast Asian Studies UK.

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

The joint CHM project of the 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. 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 for studying Çatalhöyük and the nearby village of Küçükköy as the research sites. 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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