Welcome to the British Institute at Ankara

Turkey stands at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The lands within its borders and the surrounding Black Sea region have seen centuries of fascinating history and pre-history. Their legacy: knowledge and lessons of potentially vital importance for all our futures.

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.


Experimental Archaeology: Production Processes of the Urartian Red Polished Pottery by Atilla Batmaz (BIAA-TBA lecture, Ankara, 26 November) >>

Social Media in South-East Turkey: Continuities and Transformations by BIAA Post-doctoral fellow Elisabetta Costa (BIAA-TAA lecture, Ankara, 2 December) >>

Cultural routes in Turkey: The Phrygian Way, by Hüseyin Sarı, (BIAA-TBA lecture, Ankara, 9 December)

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Heritage Turkey now online

BIAA’s annual, full-colour 'magazine-style' publication, which contains reports on research supported by the BIAA and short articles by project directors and scholars is now accessible online!

BIAA SUGGESTS: ‘Turkey: Two Elections and their Aftermath’. A talk by Pr. William Hale

Friday, 27 November 2015 , 6 pm at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG, The Khalili Lecture Theatre. 

 A Talk by Professor William Hale (Professor Emeritus, SOAS, University of London) titled ‘Turkey: Two Elections and their Aftermath  organised by the British Association for Turkish Area Studies

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Library and Collections

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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Donate to the Pisidia Appeal!
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

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.