Director: Andrew Peacock
In 2009 a new project was initiated with the aim of better understanding Turkey’s frontier region (the northeast area, between Lake Van and the Black Sea) during Medieval times. The Turkish groups that began to settle in the region in the 11th century AD and their impact on the Christian population was particularly focused on; the Christian reaction to their new political and demographic world was also a point of interest. Whilst manuscript and archival sources in Arabic, Persian and Ottoman were naturally an important resource (along with Georgian and Armenian texts), material remains also contributed to the study: church buildings and architecture, for instance, showed that Christian construction was not necessarily interrupted by the Turkmen incursions. Further research on the region would also focus on the processes and dynamics of conversion.
Anatolian Archaeology 15: 8
Peacock, A. 2006: ‘Georgia and the Anatolian Turks in the 12th and 13th centuries’ Anatolian Studies 56: 127-46
Peacock, A. 2012: ‘Between Georgia and the Islamic world: the atabegs of Samc‘xe’ in D. Beyazit (ed.) At the Crossroads of Empires: 14th-15th century Eastern Anatolia (Varia Anatolica 25). Paris and Istanbul: 49-70