Research Projects 1948 – Today

The BIAA has been involved in over 100 projects of academic and cultural significance since its foundation as a research institution over six decades ago.  Throughout the years, BIAA researchers have engaged in archaeological excavations, surface surveys, epigraphic exploration, architectural studies, restoration projects and museum-based research, spanning a diverse range of topics, territories, disciplines, and eras. 

Since the late 1990s, as the role of the Institute has expanded to cover a wider range of research in the humanities and social sciences, the BIAA has also sponsored an increasing number of projects in the fields of Cultural Heritage Management, Ottoman and contemporary Turkish history, social anthropology, sociology and political science.

This archive provides information, bibliographic references, and sources for some of the most significant projects carried out under the auspices of the BIAA since its inception in 1947 until today. These include projects organised directly by the institute and its academic staff and fellows, facilitated by the BIAA, or funded by the BIAA with large fieldwork grants.

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Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT)

Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT)

Start: 2017 - End: 2020

This project aims to build capacity and raise awareness  for safeguarding archaeological assets in Turkey, with a focus on those in south-eastern provinces, Antalya and Istanbul. 


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Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Project

Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Project

Start: 2015 - End: 2019

The project builds on results of the Pisidia Archaeological Survey Project and focuses on the creation of a regional cultural heritage management plan for Pisidia.


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Living Amid the Ruins: Archaeological Sites as Hubs of Sustainable Development for Local Communities

Living Amid the Ruins: Archaeological Sites as Hubs of Sustainable Development for Local Communities

Start: 2016 - End: 2018

Part of the research leg of the BIAA’s on-going cultural heritage management projects, LAR offers an innovate approach to the use of archaeological heritage in SW Turkey.


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Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies

Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies

Start: 2015 - End: 2018

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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The history and culture of Turkish football

The history and culture of Turkish football

Start: 2016 - End: 2017

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

Start: 2016 - End: 2017

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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Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

Start: 2015 - End: 2017

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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Balkan Futures

Balkan Futures

Start: 2012 - End: 2017

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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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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Social Media in Turkey

Social Media in Turkey

Start: 2015 - End: 2016

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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Aspendos Cultural Heritage Management Project

Aspendos Cultural Heritage Management Project

Start: 2013 - End: 2016

A joint CHM project (BIAA & Hacettepe University) that built on results of the Aspendos Archaeological Project.


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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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Genealogies of rapprochement at the Aegean borders

Genealogies of rapprochement at the Aegean borders

Start: 2012 - End: 2013

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

Start: 2011 - End: 2012

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

Start: 2009 - End: 2012

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


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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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Pednelissos Regional Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Pednelissos Regional Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 2007 - End: 2012

In 2007 the Pisidia Survey Project started a new phase; rather than focusing on ancient city remains, a territorial region was selected for survey and exploration: the territory of ancient Pednelissos.  The study has provided insight into the landscape’s development across time.


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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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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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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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Climate History in Northeast Turkey Project

Climate History in Northeast Turkey Project

Start: 2005 - End: 2009

This project was initiated to investigate northeast Turkey’s climate history, vegetation, and landscape change.   Between 2005 and 2009, Warren Eastwood directed work that looked at natural “archives” (such as tree-rings and speleothems, and fossils) to accurately reconstruct a regional climate history.


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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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Anastasian Wall Project

Anastasian Wall Project

Start: 1994 - End: 2005

The Anastasian Wall Project was initiated in 1994 and directed by James Crow and Alessandra Ricci.  Constructed as part of a defence system for Istanbul during the late fifth century AD, the walls originally stretched 50km between the Marmara and Black Seas and featured forts, ditches, and gates.   The remains of the wall and associated features were investigated and recorded. 


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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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Madra Çay Project

Madra Çay Project

Start: 1995 - End: 2000

Kyriacos Lambrianides and Nigel Spencer led an archaeological project at the Madra Çay delta between 1995 and 2000.  It was a collaborative project with team members from multiple universities, and included geomorphological survey work and borehole sampling.


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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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