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Welcome to the British Institute at Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara supports, enables and encourages research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ancient and modern history, heritage management, social sciences and contemporary issues in public policy and political sciences. Founded in 1948, the BIAA was incorporated in the 1956 cultural agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the United Kingdom. The BIAA is one of the British International Research Institutes (BIRI). It has offices in Ankara and London, and a dedicated staff of experts from a wide variety of academic and cultural backgrounds.

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Visit the Research Resource Centre of the BIAA.  Search or browse our extensive library collection of more than 58,000 records of books, pamphlets, theses, maps and journals, or explore our photo archive and artefact collections of fauna, ceramics, Roman milestone squeezes and much more.

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New exhibition: ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’ at the Brunei Gallery, London
New exhibition: ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’ at the Brunei Gallery, London

A major exhibition about the Neolithic site is coming to the Brunei Gallery, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

A new home for SARAT project news
A new home for SARAT project news

SARAT stands for “Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey”. The project’s goal is to increase knowledge, capacity, and awareness about protecting Turkey’s archaeological assets.

Third conference in the BIAA's 'From Enemies to Allies' series takes place in Oxford
Third conference in the BIAA's 'From Enemies to Allies' series takes place in Oxford

On Monday 24th September, members and guests of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and the British Association of Turkish Area Studies (BATAS) gathered at St. Antony’s College in Oxford for the third conference in the From Enemies to Allies series. 

Excavations at Başur Höyük uncover new evidence of ancient child sacrifice
Excavations at Başur Höyük uncover new evidence of ancient child sacrifice

BIAA-funded research at the Başur Höyük site has revealed evidence of complex burial practices in the third millennium BC.

By building replica houses, reconstructing a Neolithic garden and copying ancient crop patterns, we can bring one of the world's first villages back to life.

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Examining human-environment interactions in pre-historic Anatolia through mobility studies Examining human-environment interactions in pre-historic Anatolia thro…

This project, undertaken by Dr. Benjamine Irvine (BIAA postdoctoral Fellow 2018-20) examines human and animal mobility in 3rd millennium BC Anatolia and the interaction between movement and other…

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Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality

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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Çaltılar Survey Çaltılar Survey

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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Boncuklu Excavations Boncuklu Excavations

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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Göksu Archaeological Project Göksu Archaeological Project

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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Çatalhöyük Excavations, 1993-2017 Çatalhöyük Excavations, 1993-2017

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…

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Kerkenes Dağ Survey and Excavations Kerkenes Dağ Survey and Excavations

Beginning in 1993 the BIAA has collaborated in work at the significant Iron Age site of Kerkenes Dağ. …

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Amorium Excavations Amorium Excavations

Beginning in 1987, excavation work at Amorium (Afyonkarahisar Province) represents on of the longest-running British archaeological projects in Turkey. …

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Pisidia Survey Project Pisidia Survey Project

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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Can Hasan Excavations Can Hasan Excavations

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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Polatlı Excavations Polatlı Excavations

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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War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1912-1923 War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1912-1923

This project, undertaken by Dr. Gizem Tongo (BIAA postdoctoral Fellow 2018-20) focuses on the Ottoman art world in the final years of the empire and explores how wars and the occupation changed t…

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Writing Turkey in British Literary and Travel Narratives (1914-1945) Writing Turkey in British Literary and Travel Narratives (1914-1945)

This project, undertaken by Peter Cherry (BIAA postdoctoral Fellow) asks how British literary and travel texts engage with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the socio-political transformati…

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The history and culture of Turkish football The history and culture of Turkish football

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

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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Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies

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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Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923 Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

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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Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality Divisions, Connections and Movement – Rethinking Regionality

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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Balkan Futures Balkan Futures

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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Genealogies of rapprochement at the Aegean borders Genealogies of rapprochement at the Aegean borders

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

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

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

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Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT)

This project aims to build capacity and raise awareness  for safeguarding archaeological assets in Turkey.

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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 Dev…

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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Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Project Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Project

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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Aspendos Cultural Heritage Management Project Aspendos Cultural Heritage Management Project

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

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Boncuklu Excavations Boncuklu Excavations

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 Village Ethno-Archaeology Project Çatalhöyük Village Ethno-Archaeology Project

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

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Study of Turkish Carpet Production Study of Turkish Carpet Production

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

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Restoration of the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon Restoration of the Church of Saint Sophia at Trabzon

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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