Research Projects 1948 – Today

Archaeology Related Disciplines

A list of BIAA supported projects since 1947 across the entire range of Archaeology Related Disciplines


Boncuklu Excavations

Boncuklu Excavations

Start: 2006 - End: 2017

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 Excavations, 1993-2017

Çatalhöyük Excavations, 1993-2017

Start: 1993 - End: 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 whole.


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Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality

Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality

Start: 2013 - End: 2015

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

Start: 2008 - End: 2012

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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Pisidia Survey Project

Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1982 - End: 2012

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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Cide Archaeological Project (CAP)

Cide Archaeological Project (CAP)

Start: 2009 - End: 2011

Between 2009 and 2011 Bleda Düring, Claudia Gatz, and T. Emre Şerifoğlu co-directed the Cide Archaeological Project.  Fieldwalking and other methodologies yielded information about the region’s history.


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A five thousand year history of climatic and cultural change in Cappadocia

A five thousand year history of climatic and cultural change in Cappadocia

Start: 2009 - End: 2011

Director: Neil Roberts. As part of the BIAA’s Climate History of Anatolia research initiative, the project carried out detailed studies at Nar crater lake in Cappadocia to investigate the relationship between changes in climate and the emergence of complex societies in central Anatolia during the Holocene.


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Avkat Survey

Avkat Survey

Start: 2007 - End: 2011

A diachronic survey of the Avkat region (known anciently as Euchaïta) was undertaken between 2007 and 2011.  James Newhard directed work in an effort to explore long-term landscape changes and see how socio-economic structures had developed in rural Anatolia.


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Climate History of Anatolia Project

Climate History of Anatolia Project

Start: 2000 - End: 2011

Neil Roberts directed a project that produced a well-dated regional history of climate change in Anatolia, which is able to contribute to the larger debate about the relationship between climate variations and cultural change.  It was undertaken by the MTA Institute and the CNRS Physical Geography Laboratory at Meudon.


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Domuztepe Excavations

Domuztepe Excavations

Start: 1995 - End: 2011

Domuztepe, a mound about 12m high, was first discovered in 1993, and became the subject of a joint study by the University of Manchester and University of California at Los Angeles in 1995.  The British Museum also collaborated as a sponsor of the second stage of the excavations.


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Kilise Tepe Excavations

Kilise Tepe Excavations

Start: 1994 - End: 2011

Between 1994 and 2011 Nicholas Postgate directed excavations at the multi-period site of Kilise Tepe.  Researchers mapped, collected finds, and tried to understand more about each period represented.


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Kerkenes Dağ Survey and Excavations

Kerkenes Dağ Survey and Excavations

Start: 1993 - End: 2011

Beginning in 1993 the BIAA has collaborated in work at the significant Iron Age site of Kerkenes Dağ. 


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Akkerman Fortress Project

Akkerman Fortress Project

Start: 2006 - End: 2010

Between 2006 and 2010 an international and inter-disciplinary research project was undertaken on Akkerman fortress (located on the Black Sea in Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, Ukraine).  Beyond undertaking a thorough architectural survey of the site, researchers also conducted a review of Ottoman archival documents about the fortress.


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Pleistocene Environments Project

Pleistocene Environments Project

Start: 2005 - End: 2010

Darrel Maddy and Tuncer Demir co-directed a project dealing with climate and environmental change in the Gediz river valley.  Following work between 2001 and 2004 supported by NERC, further fieldwork funded by the BIAA  was undertaken between 2005 and 2010 and was primarily focused on extracting records of palaeoenvironmental or climate change for the last 2.4 million years by studying deposits found in the Gediz river drainage system.  


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Ancyra Epigraphy

Ancyra Epigraphy

Start: 1992 - End: 2010

Between 1992 and 2010 David French and Stephen Mitchell undertook a project aimed at studying and recording any inscriptions surviving in the Byzantine or Turkish monuments of Ankara.


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Study of the 11th century Anatolian North-East Frontier

Study of the 11th century Anatolian North-East Frontier

Start: 2009 - End: 2009

In 2009 Andrew Peacock studied 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. 


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Field Survey in Thrace

Field Survey in Thrace

Start: 2007 - End: 2009

Between 2007 and 2009 a field survey was conducted in Thrace in connection to the work done on Constantinople’s water supply system.  The project was undertaken jointly, in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University.  New technology (such as satellite and digital map data) was used in order to create a more accurate digital terrain model that assisted in researching the water supply systems in the region.  


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Pichvnari Excavations

Pichvnari Excavations

Start: 1998 - End: 2009

Pichvnari in Georgia, a site settled by the Greeks and containing three cemetery areas, had undergone various excavations between the 1950s and 1990.  Large-scale work was undertaken jointly by the British and Georgians with the assistance of the BIAA between 1998 and 2009.  


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Amorium Excavations

Amorium Excavations

Start: 1987 - End: 2009

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


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Survey of Kibyratis

Survey of Kibyratis

Start: 2001 - End: 2007

The Kibyratis Project was undertaken between 2001 and 2007 under the direction of Thomas Corsten and with support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.  The inscriptions, literature, coins, and architecture of Kibyra were studied for information about the site and surrounding settlements.


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Göksu Archaeological Project

Göksu Archaeological Project

Start: 2002 - End: 2006

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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Cnidus Excavations

Cnidus Excavations

Start: 1995 - End: 2006

The Classical site of Cnidus had been the subject of multiple British archaeological projects in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Between 1999 and 2006 Ian Jenkins directed a project there with the intent of better understanding the context of the many finds recovered there (now housed in the British Museum).


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Alahan Pottery Study

Alahan Pottery Study

Start: 2005 - End: 2005

In 2005, Mark Jackson and his team studied, recorded, and catalogued unstudied finds from Michael Gough’s fieldwork in Alahan.


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Oylum Höyük Survey and Excavations

Oylum Höyük Survey and Excavations

Start: 2002 - End: 2005

The Oylum Höyük project of the multi-period site that showed evidence of occupation between Neolithic and Hellenistic periods began in collaboration with Haceteppe and Ankara Universities, along with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.  Alan Greaves directed the project between 2002 and 2005, and the work revealed new information about the region’s diachronic settlement history.


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British Academy Black Sea Initiative (BABSI)

British Academy Black Sea Initiative (BABSI)

Start: 2002 - End: 2005

Beginning in spring 2002, Gina Coulthardl directed an initiative that aimed to promote Black Sea studies.  Scholars involved in the project were provided with academic and financial support for their projects, and were linked into a network of other scholars focusing on similar regions or issues.  


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Pınarbaşı Excavations

Pınarbaşı Excavations

Start: 1994 - End: 2005

Five years were spent excavating at the early site of Pınarbaşı under the direction of Douglas Baird and Mehmet Doğan.  The discoveries made at Pınarbaşı were valuable for their contribution to the larger discussion on sedentism in central Anatolia and its precipitating factors.


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Survey of Constantinople’s Water Supply System

Survey of Constantinople’s Water Supply System

Start: 1995 - End: 2003

During work on the Anastasian Wall a separate project was initiated that focused on Constantinople’s water supply.  Between 1995 and 2003, researchers studied the longest and latest complex of antique aqueducts, constructed towards the end of the fourth century AD.  


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Konya Plain Regional Survey

Konya Plain Regional Survey

Start: 1995 - End: 2002

Between 1995 and 2002, Douglas Baird directed a regional survey of the Konya plain with the primary aim of putting Çatalhöyük into its historical context.  The survey hoped also to address outstanding questions about the plain’s long-term settlement history.  


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Paphlagonia Regional Survey

Paphlagonia Regional Survey

Start: 1997 - End: 2001

This project aimed to collect more information about the archaeology, geography, and history of Paphlagonia, comprising the modern provinces of Çankırı and Karabük.  Roger Matthews directed work there between 1997 and 2001.


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Çiftlik Rescue Evacuations

Çiftlik Rescue Evacuations

Start: 1993 - End: 2001

Stephen Hill directed a rescue excavation project at the Classical and Byzantine site of Sinop between 1993 and 2001.  Researchers investigated and excavated the standing structures there, and carefully removed a mosaic floor to the Sinop Museum for preservation.  


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Melli Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Melli Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1998 - End: 2000

The survey at Melli was undertaken between 1998 and 2000 as part of the Pisidia Survey Project.  Under the direction of Stephen Mitchell, a topographical map was created and structures around the site were studied in detail.


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Survey of Medieval Anatolian Castles

Survey of Medieval Anatolian Castles

Start: 1992 - End: 1998

In 1992, a collaborative project between Oxford University and the BIAA was launched to investigate medieval castles in Anatolia.  Mark Whittow and Hugh Barnes directed survey work on five castles, and their research has been published in a series pof articles.


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Alacami Survey and Excavations

Alacami Survey and Excavations

Start: 1997 - End: 1997

In 1997 Richard Bayliss directed excavation and survey work at the Alacami church in Kadirli.


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Oenoanda Survey

Oenoanda Survey

Start: 1974 - End: 1997

A survey of Oenoanda (Muğla Province) was directed by Alan Hall and Martin Smith beginning in 1974.  The northern Lycian city is noteworthy for housing the philosophical inscription of Diogenes of Oenoanda, and the survey was particularly successful in recording many of the inscriptions and fragments around the site.


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Kayseri Survey

Kayseri Survey

Start: 1996 - End: 1996

A small team visited Kayseri in 1996 under the direction of Michael Balance in order to investigate its ancient geography.  They discovered traces of the ancient wall.


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Kaynar Kale Survey - Pisidia Survey Project

Kaynar Kale Survey - Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1995 - End: 1996

In 1995 and 1996 the Pisidia Survey Project undertook a survey at Kaynar Kale.  Tentatively identified as ancient Kodrula, Kaynar Kale featured a bath building, aqueduct, temple, and a group of Hellenistic ostothecae.


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Geoarchaeological Survey of the Konya Basin

Geoarchaeological Survey of the Konya Basin

Start: 1995 - End: 1996

Between 1995 and 1996 Neil Roberts directed a geoarchaeological Survey of the Konya Basin.  The project aim was to establish a 3D lithostratigraphic sequence for the Çarşamba alluvial fan through geoarchaeological and geomorphological survey.  


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Survey of Roman Roads and Milestones

Survey of Roman Roads and Milestones

Start: 1973 - End: 1995

Beginning in 1973, the Roman Roads project was continued for over two decades by David French.  His fieldwork and research on the road systems of Roman Asia Minor provided information that allowed for a fresh reconstruction of the topography. 


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Çatalhöyük Regional Survey

Çatalhöyük Regional Survey

Start: 1993 - End: 1994

Trevor Watkins and Douglas Baird conducted a survey of Çatalhöyük’s surrounding regions in 1993 and 1994.  A number of new and significant sites were discovered thanks to their work surveying, investigating, and recording mounds and other features.


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Trabzon Vilayet Survey

Trabzon Vilayet Survey

Start: 1992 - End: 1994

The Trabzon Vilayet survey was directed by James Crow between 1992 and 1994.  The researchers were successful in topographically surveying and mapping a number of sites in the region. 


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Balboura Survey

Balboura Survey

Start: 1985 - End: 1993

J. J. Coulton directed survey work at Balboura, a northern Lycian site in Burdur Province, between 1985 and 1993.  The work conducted there revealed inscriptions, pottery, public structures, and a necropolis, in addition to providing information about the region’s ancient settlement patterns, climate history, and pre-industrialised agricultural practices.


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Amasya Museum Ancient Coin Catalogue Project

Amasya Museum Ancient Coin Catalogue Project

Start: 1992 - End: 1992

In 1992, the Amasya Museum Ancient Coin Catalogue project was launched as a joint collaboration involving the BIAA, Amasya Museum, and Warwick University.  Stanley and Helen Ireland catalogued about 6000 ancient coins from Amasya Museum’s collection, ranging in period from the Hellenistic to the late Byzantine. 


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Aspendos Basilica Survey

Aspendos Basilica Survey

Start: 1992 - End: 1992

In 1992, Michael Ballance conducted survey work on the basilica in Aspendos.  His detailed work measuring and studying architectural features allowed more detail to be added to the plans created in 1956.


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Yaraşlı Survey

Yaraşlı Survey

Start: 1991 - End: 1991

A survey of Yaraşlı, a site in Konya Province featuring Çevre Kale, was undertaken in 1991 by Geoffrey Summers and a small team.  A helium-filled blimp was used to obtain aerial photographs of the site, a site plan was made, and pottery was collected.


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Adıyaman Survey

Adıyaman Survey

Start: 1985 - End: 1991

Between 1985 and 1991, David French directed survey work at various sites around Adıyaman Province, with the intent of understanding important ceramic sequences before the region was flooded with the completion of the Keban dam.


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Satala Survey

Satala Survey

Start: 1989 - End: 1990

Between 1989 and 1990 Chris Lightfoot led survey work at Satala, a Roman fortress site in Gümüşhane Province.  An accurate site plan was produced, and structures, inscriptions, and small finds were discovered in and around the site.


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Tell Esh-Sheikh Museum Study

Tell Esh-Sheikh Museum Study

Start: 1988 - End: 1990

Between 1988 and 1990, David French directed a small team in washing, marking, documenting, and registering the collection of pottery material from Tell Esh-Sheikh, a site excavated in the 1940’s in connection with the work at Tabara El Akrad. 


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Ariassos Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Ariassos Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1988 - End: 1990

In 1988 the Pisidia Survey Project initiated a new site at Ariassos under the direction of Stephen Mitchell.  A plan of the site was created, inscriptions were recorded, and structures were studied – all of which allowed for a picture of Ariassos’ history to emerge with greater clarity.


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Museum Study of Glass Collections

Museum Study of Glass Collections

Start: 1987 - End: 1990

Between 1987 and 1990, Chris Lightfoot directed a study of glass collections around museums in Turkey. Significant pieces from the collections were studied and drawn, and catalogues were prepared for museum use.


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Sakçagözü Museum Study

Sakçagözü Museum Study

Start: 1986 - End: 1990

Between 1986 and 1990, David French directed a small team in washing, sorting, drawing, photographing, and re-housing materials found during the course of excavations at Sakçagözü undertaken by John Garstang and John Waechter.


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