Research Projects 1948 – Today


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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