Research Projects 1948 – Today

Archaeology Related Disciplines


Tille Excavation

Tille Excavation

Start: 1978 - End: 1990

Between 1978 and 1990 David French directed excavation work at Tille Höyük, an ancient mound site in Adıyaman Province opened for excavation as part of the rescue project connected to the building of the Karakaya hydroelectric dam.  The BIAA was invited to join the efforts and allotted the site of Tille Höyük.


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Sagalassos Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Sagalassos Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1985 - End: 1989

Between 1985 and 1989, Stephen Mitchell and Marc Waelkens directed work at Sagalassos as part of the larger Pisidia Survey Project.  Site plans were made, and city features – such as the aqueduct and water system, baths, temples, and a potters’ quarter – were studied extensively.  Marc Waelkens initiated a major excavation in 1990 which has continues to the present.


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Survey of Assyrian Monuments

Survey of Assyrian Monuments

Start: 1984 - End: 1988

Between 1984 and 1988 H. F. Russell directed a survey of Assyrian monuments around Diyarbakır Province, taking photographs and making squeezes and drawings of reliefs and inscriptions.  


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Cremna Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Cremna Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1985 - End: 1987

In 1985 a new Pisidia Survey Project site was initiated at Cremna, under the direction of Stephen Mitchell.  In three seasons of work, the team was successful in creating accurate city plans and surveying many architectural structures, in addition to discovering architectural remnants comprising one of the best documented sieges of the Roman Imperial era.


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Survey of the Aqueduct at Amasya

Survey of the Aqueduct at Amasya

Start: 1985 - End: 1985

In 1985 Oliver and Caroline Nicholson travelled to various sites connected to the Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia.  One of their trips was to Amasya, where they conducted an investigation of the aqueduct. 


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Kibyratis Epigraphy

Kibyratis Epigraphy

Start: 1984 - End: 1985

Epigraphic exploration was undertaken in the Kibyratis region (Burdur Province) between 1984 and 1985, with Alan Hall as project director.  Many new texts were discovered and recorded during the course of this project. 


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Survey of Medieval Anatolian Castles

Survey of Medieval Anatolian Castles

Start: 1982 - End: 1984

Clive Foss directed a survey of medieval castles around Kütahya and Kocaeli Provinces between 1982 and 1984.  Its purpose was to facilitate architectural and historical discussions of Byzantine and Turkish Medieval fortifications located in Anatolia, and they were successful in surveying and producing detailed plans for at least nine castles.


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Pisidian Antioch Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Pisidian Antioch Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1982 - End: 1984

The survey at Pisidian Antioch was directed by Stephen Mitchell between 1982 and 1983, and was the first survey of what would eventually become the Pisidia Survey Project.  The work at Pisidian Antioch was successful in producing new and correct plans of the site and nearby sanctuary, and of documenting as many architectural remains as possible. 


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Regional Epigraphic Catalogues of Asia Minor (RECAM) Project

Regional Epigraphic Catalogues of Asia Minor (RECAM) Project

Start: 1975 - End: 1982

The Regional Epigraphic Catalogues of Asia Minor (RECAM) Project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 with David French as project director.  In an era marked by financial concern, the RECAM project provided a low-cost project that nevertheless made a real and lasting contribution to scholarship on topics concerning Anatolia in the Roman period.  


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Aşvan Project

Aşvan Project

Start: 1968 - End: 1973

David French directed the Aşvan Project (Elâzığ Province) between 1968 and 1973.  This unique project undertook both excavation and an extensive research programme that aimed at rescuing historical materials before the area was submerged with the completion of the Keban Dam.


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Pağnik Öreni Excavations

Pağnik Öreni Excavations

Start: 1968 - End: 1971

Between 1968 and 1971 Richard Harper directed the excavation of a Roman frontier fort on the bank of the Euphrates at Pağnik Öreni (Elâzığ Province), as the BIAA contribution to the Keban rescue project.


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Can Hasan Excavations

Can Hasan Excavations

Start: 1961 - End: 1970

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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Hittite Hieroglyphic Epigraphy

Hittite Hieroglyphic Epigraphy

Start: 1968 - End: 1969

J. D. Hawkins’ work on Hittite hieroglyphic inscriptions, which culminated in the corpus of all surviving texts in the hieroglyphic Luwian script, was supported by grants from the BIAA in 1968 and 1969.  


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Alahan Monastery Excavations

Alahan Monastery Excavations

Start: 1952 - End: 1968

Between 1952 and 1968, Michael Gough directed nine seasons of excavation work at the monastery at Alahan (Mersin Province).  In addition to surveying the site and proposing identities for buildings and their function within the complex, extensive cleaning and restoration work was undertaken on Koca Kilisesi.


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Şar (Comana in Cappadocia) Excavations

Şar (Comana in Cappadocia) Excavations

Start: 1963 - End: 1967

Between 1963 and 1967 Richard Harper directed survey and excavation work at Şar (anciently Comana Cappadociae) in Adana Province.  The 1967 season was in collaboration with the Ankara Museum of Archaeology (now the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations) and revealed new inscriptions and Roman and Byzantine structures.


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Anemurium Excavations

Anemurium Excavations

Start: 1962 - End: 1967

In 1962, Elisabeth Alföldi-Rosenbaum began a survey of Roman cemeteries in Cilicia in Mersin Province.  After some seasons of survey and restoration work at and around Anemurium, an excavation was initiated.


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Survey of the Eastern Roman Limes

Survey of the Eastern Roman Limes

Start: 1964 - End: 1966

Between 1964 and 1966, Timothy Mitford carried out an investigation of epigraphic and other material in Eastern Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, particularly focusing on the Roman limes in those regions.


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Survey of Prehistoric Sites in Northwestern Anatolia

Survey of Prehistoric Sites in Northwestern Anatolia

Start: 1960 - End: 1966

Between 1961 and 1966, David French conducted fieldwork in prehistoric sites in northwestern Anatolia.  He was particularly interested in taking detailed notes on mounds and tumuli encountered and reconstructing a  pottery sequence for the area.


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Muş Excavation

Muş Excavation

Start: 1965 - End: 1965

In 1965 Seton Lloyd and Charles Burney undertook excavation work near Kayalıdere village in Muş Province, revealing a fortress and temple structure.  Though there was interest in conducting further seasons of excavation, permit issues and a major earthquake suspended any future efforts.


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Çatalhöyük Excavations (1961-1965)

Çatalhöyük Excavations (1961-1965)

Start: 1961 - End: 1965

Survey and excavation work at Çatalhöyük was initiated by James Mellaart in 1961, and quickly revealed the largest Neolithic site known in the Near East.  Though this highly significant project was closed in 1965, work would again be resumed by the BIAA in 1993.


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Survey of Ancient Greek Harbours

Survey of Ancient Greek Harbours

Start: 1963 - End: 1964

In 1963 and 1964 David Blackman undertook travel around the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to explore ancient Greek Harbour sites.  He checked various sites against existing descriptions, studied other unrecorded structures, and swimming or diving as necessary to examine any submerged remains.


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Survey of Rough Cilicia

Survey of Rough Cilicia

Start: 1961 - End: 1964

G. E. Bean and T. B. Mitford undertook survey work in the area of Rough Cilicia (around Antalya and Mersin Provinces) in 1961 and 1964, recording inscriptions and proposing ancient identities for sites they studied.


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Survey of Early Christian Architecture in Southwestern Turkey

Survey of Early Christian Architecture in Southwestern Turkey

Start: 1963 - End: 1963

R. M. Harrison conducted fieldwork on the early Christian architecture of Central Lycia (modernly Antalya and Muğla Provinces) in 1963, particularly studying architectural carving and mouldings. 


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Elbistan Survey

Elbistan Survey

Start: 1962 - End: 1962

In 1962 Gavin Brown undertook a study of early pottery in the region within Kayseri, Maraş and Malatya.  He also conducted a field survey of the Elbistan plain and Bünyan-Pınarbaşı.


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Pamphylian Epigraphy

Pamphylian Epigraphy

Start: 1961 - End: 1962

In 1961 and 1962 Shelagh Jameson conducted epigraphical fieldwork in Pamphylia, Lycia, and other regions.  Over one hundred inscriptions were recorded.


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Survey of Cilician Castles

Survey of Cilician Castles

Start: 1960 - End: 1962

In 1960 and again in 1962 W. W. M. Boal and J. G. Dunbar directed a survey of Cilician castles, visiting a number of sites in Adana, Mersin, and Muğla Provinces.


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Hacılar Excavations

Hacılar Excavations

Start: 1957 - End: 1960

Between 1957 and 1960 James Mellaart directed excavation work at Hacilar in Burdur Province.  The discoveries made in the course of the excavations were significant for the new information they provided on Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic culture in Anatolia.


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Dağpazarı Survey

Dağpazarı Survey

Start: 1957 - End: 1959

Michael and Mary Gough directed survey work at Dağpazarı (Mersin Province) between 1957 and 1959, focusing specifically on the site’s Classical and early Christian architecture.


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Harran Excavations

Harran Excavations

Start: 1956 - End: 1959

In 1956 and again in 1959 Storm Rice and J. B. Segal led an excavation of the Great Mosque at Harran in Şanlıurfa Province.  Updated site plans were created as the mosque and surrounding areas were studied and documented.


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Pisidian Epigraphy

Pisidian Epigraphy

Start: 1955 - End: 1959

In the 1950s G. E. Bean travelled in the area of Pisidia closest to Phrygia (Burdur Province) finding stones, inscriptions, and surface sherds dating primarily to the Roman Imperial period. 


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Beycesultan Excavations

Beycesultan Excavations

Start: 1954 - End: 1959

Seton Lloyd directed excavation work at Beycesultan between 1954 and 1959.  Significant structures and objects were discovered, and the stratigraphic evidence they acquired pointed to what was for Anatolia an unparalleled archaeological sequence.


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Survey of the Roman Roads of Lycaonia

Survey of the Roman Roads of Lycaonia

Start: 1956 - End: 1957

In 1956 and 1957 Michael Ballance surveyed the area between Laodiceia Combusta and the foot of Hasan Dağ with the aim of achieving a better understanding of the Roman road system in eastern Lycaonia.


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Urartian Sites Survey

Urartian Sites Survey

Start: 1956 - End: 1956

In 1956, Charles Burney completed a series of mound surveys around Lake Van and also in the districts of Bulanık, Malazgirt (Manzikert), Palu, and Dersim, recorded many previously unknown sites and documenting inscription fragments and architectural structures.


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Safvet Paşa Yalısı Survey

Safvet Paşa Yalısı Survey

Start: 1956 - End: 1956

In August 1956, Seton Lloyd created drawings and floor plans of the Safvet Paşa Yalısı at Kanlıca in Istanbul.


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Augusta Ciliciae Survey

Augusta Ciliciae Survey

Start: 1955 - End: 1955

In 1955, prior to the construction of the Seyhan Dam which submerged the site entirely, Michael and Mary Gough found good evidence for identifying some Roman ruins found in Adana Province as the ancient city of Augusta Ciliciae.


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Palace of the Emperors Excavation

Palace of the Emperors Excavation

Start: 1952 - End: 1954

Between 1952 and 1954 D. Talbot Rice directed excavation and restoration work at the Palace of the Emperors in Istanbul.  An official opening ceremony for the palace was held in 1952.


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Alanya Survey

Alanya Survey

Start: 1953 - End: 1953

The Alanya survey was directed by Seton Lloyd in 1953.  A site map of the city was created, and buildings and inscriptions were drawn, photographed, or otherwise recorded.


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Ayaş (Elaeussa) Survey

Ayaş (Elaeussa) Survey

Start: 1952 - End: 1953

Michael and Mary Gough conducted a survey at Ayaş (in Mersin Province) in 1952 and 1953.  They were successful in creating plans of the Christian church with its mosaic floor, as well as in recording inscriptions and conducting minor excavations.


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Sultantepe Survey

Sultantepe Survey

Start: 1951 - End: 1952

Seton Lloyd and Nuri Gökçe directed survey work at Sultantepe and other sites in Şanlıurfa Province during 1951 and 1952.   Their work at Sultantepe particularly was significant for its contributions to Assyriology, especially the discovery of the tablet hoard now known as the ‘Sultantepe Tablets’.


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Plain of Cilicia Survey

Plain of Cilicia Survey

Start: 1951 - End: 1951

In 1951 Veronica Seton-Williams directed a comprehensive survey of mounds in the Plain of Cilicia (spanning Mersin and Adana Provinces today), wherein the team recorded approximately 150 sites and kept a record of surface finds.


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Study of the Sultantepe Tablets

Study of the Sultantepe Tablets

Start: 1951 - End: 1951

After the 1951 discovery of the tablet hoard at Sultantepe and their subsequent excavation, Oliver Gurney undertook an extensive study on their content.  He was successful in translating many of them and placing them within the broader context of Assyrian literature.


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Anazarbus Survey

Anazarbus Survey

Start: 1949 - End: 1951

The Anazarbus survey was conducted by Michael and Mary Gough, taking place in Anavarza (Adana Province) between 1949 and 1951.  The site was surveyed, architectural monuments were recorded, and epigraphic squeezes were taken.


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Polatlı Excavations

Polatlı Excavations

Start: 1950 - End: 1950

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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Harran Survey

Harran Survey

Start: 1950 - End: 1950

In 1950 Seton Lloyd and William Brice surveyed Harran and surrounding areas.  In addition to creating a detailed plan of the site and copying inscriptions, they were also successful in locating important sites in the surrounding area.


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Tabara El Akrad Excavation

Tabara El Akrad Excavation

Start: 1948 - End: 1949

The Tabara El Akrad excavations took place between 1948 and 1949 near Atchana in Hatay Province, with Sinclair Hood acting as project director.  The research aimed to discover more about the connections between the Chalcolithic Tell Esh-Sheikh site and the Bronze Age site of Atchana.


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