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Academic & Research Staff 

 BIAA Director  
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput  email >> 

Lutgarde Vandeput is a classical archaeologist, educated at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She has done fieldwork in Turkey since she was a student. She participated in the excavations at Sagalassos and also in the Pisidia Survey Project, which she then directed between 1998 and 2012. She is currently involved in the Aspendos Archaeological Project. Lutgarde specialises in the study of monumental architecture and urban development, as well as in survey archaeology. She has been on the faculty of the Universities of Leuven (Belgium)  and Cologne (Germany), and has been the Director of the BIAA since 2006. See more >>

Fields of Expertise: Classical Archaeology; Ancient Roads and Routes; Cultural Heritage Management

 Assistant Director  
Dr Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal  email >>

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2015. He joined the BIAA in 2014 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was the Enemies to Allies project Research Fellow from 2015-2017. He was Research Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2017-2019 before taking up the post of Assistant Director in September 2019.... see more>>

Fields of Expertise: Late Ottoman History; Early Republican History; British Empire in the Near and Middle East

See previous BIAA Directors, Assistant Directors and Council of Management Members >>

 Research Fellows & Scholars 

Cultural Heritage Management Research Fellow
Dr Işılay Gürsu     email >>

Işılay Gürsu holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage Management from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca (Italy).  She joined the BIAA in January 2013, and was co-Investigator on the BIAA's 'Living Amid the Ruins: Archaeological Sites as Hubs of Sustainable Development in Southwest Turkey' research project, which was funded by the British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme. She is currently the cultural heritage management researcher on the BIAA's SARAT (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) project. see more>>

Fields of Expertise: Cultural Heritage Management, Public Archaeology, Tourism Studies

BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2018-20

Benjamin Irvine is a bioarchaeologist specialising in utilising osteological and stable isotope analyses to examine the dietary habits, subsistence practices, and mobility patterns of populations in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age periods of pre-historic Anatolia. Benjamin received his PhD magna cum laude from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017. Benjamin’s postdoctoral research examines human-environment interactions in pre-historic Anatolia through mobility studies. This research project follows on from issues addressed in his doctoral work and builds upon a decade of working in Turkish archaeology.  See more>>

Fields of Expertise:  Bioarchaeology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Stable Isotope Analysis

BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2018-20

Dr Gizem Tongo email>>

Gizem Tongo is a historian specialising in the visual culture of the late Ottoman Empire. She holds a doctorate in Oriental Studies from St John’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Lord Dulverton Scholar and later a Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar in the Khalili Research Centre. Her doctoral thesis focused on Ottoman painting and painters during the First World War, exploring how the war was represented in the Ottoman painting of the same period, and how it in turn changed the conditions of Ottoman art production between 1914 and 1918. See more>>

Fields of Expertise: Late Ottoman art and cultural history, First World War, museum studies, history and memory.

 Honorary Research Fellows 2018-19

Dr John McManus  email>>

John McManus was the 2016-18 BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is a social anthropologist specialising in the study of sport, digital media and migration in Turkey and the Turkish-speaking diaspora. John received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2016. His first book titled 'Welcome to Hell? In search of the Real Turkish football' was published by Orion Books in 2017.

Fields of Expertise:  Popular Culture, Contemporary Turkey, Anthropology of Sport, Diaspora Studies.

Dr Michele Massa  email>>

Michele Massa, who received his PhD degree from University College London in 2016, is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the BIAA. He has previously held an assistant professorship at Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University in Turkey from 2016-2018. He has been co-director of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project since 2016. He is also director of the “From Mines to Graves: metallurgy and metal exchange in north-western Anatolia between the Late Chalcolithic and the Late Bronze Age” project in Kütahya. His primary area of interest is the prehistoric and early historic Eastern Mediterranean, and Anatolia in particular. 

Fields of Expertise:  Archaeology, Study of Interaction, Landscape Archaeology, Process of Urbanization and State Formation, including warfare, long distance exchange networks, administration and elite behaviors.

Administrative Staff  

Ankara Manager
Gülgün Girdivan   email >>
Gülgün Girdivan graduated from the
Middle East Technical University Department of Economics in 1981.  She worked as an administrative manager for an international trade company, before joining the BIAA in March 1984. She has served under four Institute Directors so far.  She manages the day to day running of the Institute, including accomodation, registration, residence, accounting and other office administration duties.  She also assists with government office relations.


London Manager 
Laura Paterson  email >>

Laura Paterson graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a degree in Turkish Studies, during which she spent a year as a visiting student at Boğaziçi University. After graduating she completed a course in business administration, and worked in several administrative roles in the London offices of Turkish companies and UK companies with dealings in Turkey. She took up the role of the BIAA's London Manager in October 2019.


Ankara Resource Manager / Librarian
Burçak Delikan 
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Burçak Delikan commenced her role as the Institute's Senior Librarian in September 2009. She is currently working as Resource Manager, responsible for the library archives and other collections. She received her BA and MA from the Classical Archaeology Department at Ankara University, and is currently a PhD student in the same department, working on numismatics. During her studies, she worked on the Metropolis and Limantepe excavations and also on the Ulus rescue excavations. She is currently involved in the Metropolis excavations and is planning to work on an underwater project as well.

Digital Repository Office Manager
Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez  email>>

Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez is a Near Eastern Archaeologist currently pursuing a Ph.D. on Information and Records Management at Ankara University. She holds an Ms Degree from Settlement Archaeology at Middle East Technical University. She worked for many years at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism where she initiated and coordinated Museum National Inventory System (MNIS). She also worked in different archaeological sites in Turkey. She has an expertise in using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and applied her skills in GIS for landscape archaeology as Archaeologist and Project Assistant at Kerkenes Project in Yozgat and Ankara, Turkey between 2000 and 2004. See more>>

Assistant Librarian
Nihal Uzun   email >>
Nihal Uzun began working as a part-time assistant librarian at the BIAA in September 2015. She finished her undergraduate degree in Archaeology at Hacettepe University in 2011, before commencing a Master’s programme in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at Adnan Menderes University, Aydın. At the present time, she is writing her Master's dissertation on deer iconography during the second millennium BC. Nihal is also interested in archaeological theory and methods and has been joining archaeological excavations in Anatolia since 2008.

Executive Editor - Annual Publications: 
Gina Coulthard   
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Gina Coulthard has an MA from the University of Warwick in archaeology and ancient history, and has a particular interest in late antique Turkey. She was a long-term team member of the Institute-sponsored Çiftlik Project, which excavated a church and associated buildings just outside Sinop, and has worked on other archaeological projects in Turkey, the UK and Sudan. Gina has worked for the Institute since 1994 and was the London Manager until 2007 when she moved to Australia. She is currently the editor of annual publications and assists with general publication matters.

Senior Development Manager
Martyn Weeds 
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Martyn Weeds graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, and was awarded an MA in Contemporary History and Politics by Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2011.  He has held senior roles in several not-for-profit organisations, and before joining the BIAA in 2017 was Head of Supporter Engagement for a national charity in New Zealand.  Martyn also works as a consultant, including for the British Council, BBC Children in Need and Koç University.  His main interests include history, archaeology, current affairs, world travel, martial arts and all forms of outdoor activity.

Development and Communications Assistant
Charlotte Jordan  
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Charlotte Jordan studied an Egyptology BA and MA at the University of Liverpool, graduating from her Master’s degree in December 2018. During her MA studies, Charlotte spent two months excavating at an ongoing BIAA Research Project: Boncuklu, where her interest in Turkish archaeology and history began. Charlotte joined the BIAA as a part-time Development and Communications Assistant in July 2019. Her main duties include running social media platforms, website content management, email correspondence, and supporting the BIAA’s fundraising. She also works with Wigan Council to support the delivery of their five-year cultural manifesto, and volunteers as a curatorial intern at the Girl Museum.

Ankara Office Administrative Assistant
Başak Bodur     email >>    

Başak Bodur joined the BIAA at the beginning of April 2018 as a part-time administrative assistant. Her responsibilities include managing bookings for the BIAA’s guesthouse, accommodation, membership, event planning and related duties, such as travel arrangements for visiting scholars and students.  She holds a BSc from the Department of Geological Engineering in Middle East Technical University and an MBA from Atılım University. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Child Development, Hacettepe University, and works as a free-lance yoga instructor.

Ankara Office Caretaker
Mustafa Balcı

Mustafa Balcı has been working as a caretaker at the BIAA since March 2007. He graduated from the metal works department of the Industrial Vocational High School at İskitler.  Until his retirement in 2007, he worked in the Directorate of Construction and Technical Works at Middle East Technical University. His responsibilities involve maintaining the office and guesthouse’s fittings, including electrical & plumbing works, repairs, painting and providing support for the daily running of the office. He is also a talented barbeque chef as has been evident at BIAA garden parties.

Ankara Office Caretaker
Keziban Çoşgun

Keziban Çoşgun has been working as a domestic staff member since June 2009. She is responsible for the cleaning of the office, library and guesthouse. It is thanks to her that the Institute and the hostel are always clean.  She is also highly valued and respected for the delicious cakes that she makes on Tuesdays and Fridays. These cakes are sometimes a special reason for colleagues to visit the Institute.

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Council of Management        


Professor Stephen Mitchell, FBA

Stephen Mitchell first visited the BIAA as an undergraduate student in spring 1968, and has been closely associated with the Institute since beginning his doctoral studies.  During the 1970s he took part in David French’s Asvan project, carried out his own research in Galatia (Roman Central Anatolia), and carried out work on inscriptions for the RECAM project.  In 1982 he began the Pisidian Survey, and directed field work at Pisidian Antioch, Cremna, Ariassos and in other ancient Pisidian cities until 1996, when the direction of the project passed to the BIAA’s current Director Dr Lutgarde Vandeput.  From 2004 his main research project in Turkey was the publication of the Greek and Latin inscriptions of Ankara, in collaboration with another BIAA director, David French.  Apart from publishing detailed epigraphic and archaeological research, he has written large-scale historical  studies of the ancient world, most importantly Anatolia.  Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor (2 vols. 1993), and A History of the Later Roman Empire AD 284-641  (2nd edition 2015).  A Turkish translation of the latter was published by the Turkish Historical Society in 2017. He has been a Council Member of the BIAA since the late 1970s, and has served three terms as Honorary Secretary, in 1984, from 1995 to 2000, and from 2009 to 2014.  

 Honorary Secretary 

Ms Shahina Farid

Shahina Farid was appointed Honorary Secretary of the BIAA in December 2014 and has served on the Council of Management and various BIAA Committees on a regular basis since 2007. She is a Coordinator in the Scientific Dating Team at Historic England (formerly English Heritage), having joined in 2012 after resigning from the Çatalhöyük Research Project where she had been Field Director and Project Coordinator for 17 years. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She was also nominated as a Trowel Blazer, a web based community that champions pioneer female archaeologists. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BA in Archaeology of the Near East, Shahina spent a long career as a Field Archaeologist gaining extensive experience in field techniques working in the UK for the Museum of London, Passmore Edwards/Newham Museum Services and a host of commercial units. Internationally she worked in the Gulf, and in Turkey since 1985, at Tille Hoyuk and Amorium before joining the Çatalhöyük Research Project in 1995.

 Honorary Treasurer  

Mr Anthony Sheppard

Anthony Sheppard was born in 1949, grew up in Bath and studied Classics at Oxford.  After completing a BLitt thesis in Roman history, he came to Turkey  in 1975/6 as Institute Research Scholar, working on the Regional Epigraphic Catalogues of Asia Minor project. Following a short spell of teaching Ancient History and New Testament Greek at Durham, he joined what was then Post Office Telecommunications in 1980. He enjoyed a varied career in a rapidly changing industry, with roles in product management and marketing, product portfolio strategy, commercial policy and relations with other telecommunication operators.  Since retiring early from BT in 2007, he has served in several voluntary roles, including as Chairperson of Claygate Parish Council (2008-10), becoming the BIAA Honorary Treasurer in December 2012.  He has spoken at the Limmud educational conference in 2009, 2010 and 2014 on topics relating to Jewish history in the Roman period.

 Council Members 

Professor Jim Crow visit institutional webpage>>
Dr Tamar Hodos visit institutional webpage>>
Dr Catherine Draycott visit Linkedin webpage>>
Dr Warren Eastwood
visit institutional webpage>> 
Dr Natalie Martin visit institiutional webpage>>
Professor William Hale visit institutional webpage>>
Dr Ceyda Karamursel visit institutional webpage>>                                                                                                                   Dr Aylin Orbasli visit institutional webpage>>                                                                                                                                              Dr Delwen Samuel visit LinkedIn webpage>>                                                                                                                                              Dr Michael Talbot visit institutional webpage>>                                                                                                                                           Dr Ziya Meral 


Honorary Posts


Professor David Hawkins, FBA, studied classics and philosophy at University College, Oxford. In 1964 he became a research fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where he taught until his retirement in 2005. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. From 1965 he travelled regularly to Turkey, Syria and Iraq inspecting Hieroglyphic Hittite inscriptions in museums and open-air sites. He served as Honorary Secretary of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq from 1976 to 1986, and edited its journal Iraq from 1970 to 1995. He has sat on the Council and on the executive committees of the BIAA and has been the President of the Institute since 2009. 


Sir David Logan is a retired senior diplomat who was a Turkish specialist in the Diplomatic Service, serving in the political section of the British Embassy in Ankara from 1966-1970 and as Ambassador to Turkey from 1997-2001. He was later Director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at Birmingham University, and an Honorary Professor there, and has subsequent experience in business and other fields as a non-executive Director and consultant to a range of British, Russian and Turkish companies. He served as the Chairperson of the BIAA for 11 years between 2006-2017.


Sir Timothy Daunt was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps in 1955 and posted to the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.  After completing national service, he joined the diplomatic service and, after a series of postings, became Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels in 1982 and then British Ambassador to Turkey from 1986 until his retirement in 1992.   In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.  He later became Chairperson of the Ottoman Fund, a business established to provide mortgages for properties in Turkey.  From 1995-2005 he served as Chairperson of the BIAA, and he was Chairperson of the BIAA Research Committee from 2003 until 2015.


Sir Matthew Farrer




BIAA Committees  

Research Committee

Ms Shahina Farid (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Mr Bill Park
Dr Claire Norton
Professor Jim Crow
Dr Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal


Finance and Personnel Committee

Mr Anthony Sheppard (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Catherine Draycott
Dr Nicholas Milner
Mr Simon Corcoran

Ms Shahina Farid


Development Committee

Professor Stephen Mitchell (Chair)
Mrs Rosamund McDougall
Sir David Logan
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Ms Shahina Farid

Professor Scott Redford

Publications Committee

Dr Tamar Hodos (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Claire Norton
Ms Gina Coulthard
Ms Shahina Farid
Dr Warren Dockter
Dr Ceren Lord



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