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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 BIAA.  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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It is with great sadness that the British Institute at Ankara reports news of the death of David French, its director from 1968 to 1994. 

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

A project aimed at fostering a cross-discpilinary exchange 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. …

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Boncuklu Excavations Boncuklu Excavations

The project aims to understand the appearance and trajectory of sedentary, cultivating, and herding communities in central Anatolia, investing also in Cultural heritage management.

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Göksu Archaeological Project Göksu Archaeological Project

The project aimed at examining the area between Mut and Karaman that was threatened with flooding by the construction of the Mut dam. …

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

Under the direction of Ian Hodder with multiple international teams working side by side the project aims to discover as much as possible about the Çatalhöyük site as a…

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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. …

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Amorium Excavations Amorium Excavations

Beginning in 1987, excavation work at Amorium (Afyonkarahisar Province) represents on of the longest-running British archaeological projects in Turkey. …

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Pisidia Survey Project Pisidia Survey Project

A regional project launched in 1982 with the aim to record monuments, inscriptions and other identifiable surface remains of the Classical and Postclassical period.

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Can Hasan Excavations Can Hasan Excavations

Excavations took place between 1961 and 1970 contributinged (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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The history and culture of Turkish football The history and culture of Turkish football

The research project aims at exploring the history and culture of Turkish football, with specific attention to the game’s role as a dynamic site of cultural heritage. …

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Climate Responsive Urban Design in the context of Black Sea Climate Climate Responsive Urban Design in the context of Black Sea Climate

The project focuses on the way(s) which the formation of urban built environment responds to the local climatic conditions in the Black Sea littoral region.

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

The project 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 ethnographic approach this project examined the relations between social media, gender, morality, intimacy, and kinship in South-Eastern Turkey …

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Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923 Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

The project explores the wartime itineraries of hundreds of thousands of British military personnel produced as new forms of colonial rule and imagined geographies of the Levant.

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

A project aimed at fostering a cross-discpilinary exchange 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 examined 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 unearthing the role of civil society in the rapprochement process between Greece and Turkey (1974-2010).

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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.

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

A project exploring the relations between Ottoman and early Republican Turkey and the southeast Asian Muslim states.

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

A joint CHM project (BIAA & Hacettepe University) that builds on results of the Aspendos Archaeological Project and the Pisidia Survey Project.

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Boncuklu Excavations Boncuklu Excavations

The project aims to understand the appearance and trajectory of sedentary, cultivating, and herding communities in central Anatolia, investing also in Cultural heritage management.

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

A project for studying Çatalhöyük and the nearby village of Küçükköy as the research sites combining anthropology and archaology.

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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

Through this project active between 1957 and 1962. Paintings, frescoes, and other architectural elements were cleaned, restored, and preserved to the extent possible.

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