Research Projects 1948 – Today

Excavations

A list of excavations organised, supported or facilitated by the BIAA


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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Ziyaret Tepe Excavations

Ziyaret Tepe Excavations

Start: 2000 - End: 2011

Ziyaret Tepe is a multi-period site featuring late Neolithic, early Chalcolithic, middle Assyrian, and neo-Assyrian remains, with an extensive lower town area.  Tim Matney and John MacGinnis directed excavations here between 2000 and 2006, beginning again in 2011. 


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project

Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project

Start: 1995 - End: 2000

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


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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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Zeugma Excavation

Zeugma Excavation

Start: 1993 - End: 1993

In 1993 an emergency operation was launched at Zeugma, a Graeco-Roman historical site, following the announcement of the construction of a dam that was likely to submerge the site.  The team was successful in recording archaeological features and collecting samples of pottery, glass, and iron.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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