Research Projects 1948 – Today


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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Panemoteichos and Ören Tepe Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Panemoteichos and Ören Tepe Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1995 - End: 1996

A survey of Panemoteichos and Ören Tepe was undertaken in 1995 under the direction of Stephen Mitchell, as part of the larger Pisidia Survey Project.  


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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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Sia Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Sia Survey – Pisidia Survey Project

Start: 1995 - End: 1996

In 1995 and 1996 the Pisidia Survey Project undertook a survey at Sia.  The site’s houses, public buildings, tombs, and fortifications were studied and mapped.


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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 the Palaeolithic sites of the Sakçagözü Region

Survey of the Palaeolithic sites of the Sakçagözü Region

Start: 1994 - End: 1996

The Sakçagözü region was selected for a project on Palaeolithic and Aceramic Neolithic settlement in 1994.  Under the direction of Andrew Garrard, researchers collected information that shed light on Sakçagözü’s early prehistoric periods through later antiquity.


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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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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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Amasra Survey

Amasra Survey

Start: 1988 - End: 1993

Between 1988 and 1993, Stephen Hill directed survey work at Amasra in Bartın Province.  He and his team were successful in surveying Late Roman and Byzantine architectural remains, including the castle, Byzantine churches, defence walls, bathhouses, and harbours.


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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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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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Eski Gümüş Monastery Restoration

Eski Gümüş Monastery Restoration

Start: 1962 - End: 1965

Restoration project that aimed to reveal well-preserved Byzantine wall paintings and discovered a group of Aesop Fable illustrations.


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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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Study of Turkish Carpet Production

Study of Turkish Carpet Production

Start: 1963 - End: 1964

In 1963 and 1964 May Hamilton and Colin Beattie travelled across Anatolia in an exploration of the Turkish carpet industry.


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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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Restoration of the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon

Restoration of the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon

Start: 1957 - End: 1962

Through this project active between 1957 and 1962. Paintings, frescoes, and other architectural elements were cleaned, restored, and preserved to the extent possible.


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