Dr Benjamin Irvine

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 prehistoric Anatolia. 

Benjamin received his PhD magna cum laude from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017. His thesis, An Isotopic Analysis of Dietary Habits in Early Bronze Age Anatolia, examined the dietary and subsistence practices of several populations from 4thand 3rd millennium BC Anatolia. This doctoral research was partly funded by DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and TUBITAK (Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu), and also received support from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany where the stable isotope analyses were conducted.

Benjamin’s postdoctoral research examines human-environment interactions in prehistoric 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.


  • PhD in Bioarchaeology, Freie Universität Berlin (2017)
  • MSc in Human Osteoarchaeology, University of Edinburgh (2011)
  • MA (Hons) in Ancient Civilisations of the Mediterranean and Middle East, University of Edinburgh (2009)


Irvine B., Thomas J-L., and Schoop U-D. 2014. A macroscopic analysis of human dentition at Late Chalcolithic Çamlıbel Tarlası, North Central Anatolia, with special reference to dietary and non-masticatory habits. IANSA5(1): 19-30.


ASOR - American Schools of Oriental Research (member) 

BANEA - British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (member)

BIAA - British Institute at Ankara (member)

BMSS - British Mass Spectrometry Society (member)

EAA - European Association of Archaeologists (member) 

SAA – Society for American Archaeology 

Contact Details

Email: birvine@biaatr.org 

Telephone: 00 90 312 427 54 87 

Address: The British Institute at Ankara
Atatürk Bulvarı 154, Çankaya, Ankara TR-06690, Turkey 

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