Dr Benjamin Irvine

Benjamin Irvine, who received his PhD degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017, is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the BIAA. He was previously the 2018-20 BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Benjamin is a bioarchaeologist who specialises 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.

His current research is focused on analysing human-environment interactions in prehistoric Anatolia and adjacent regions, particularly examining diachronic and regional patterns in dietary habits, subsistence practices, and agricultural strategies. He is also the PI on a BIAA funded and supported project, “An integrated bioarchaeological isotope database website”, which will develop and construct a website (BioIsoAne) collating all bioarchaeological isotope data from the Greater Near East into an open-source online database.


  • 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. and Özdemir, K. 2020. Biogeochemical approaches to bioarchaeological research in Turkey: a review. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 8(2): 174-199.

Irvine, B. and Erdal, Y.S. 2020a. Multi-isotopic analysis of dietary habits and mobility at third millennium BC Bakla Tepe, West Anatolia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12, 111. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01078-2

Irvine, B. and Erdal, Y.S. 2020b. Analysis of dietary habits in a prehistoric coastal population from İkiztepe, North Turkey, using stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, and sulphur. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 29: Article 102067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.102067

Özdemir, K., Erdal, Y.S., Itahashi, Y., and Irvine, B. 2019. A multi-faceted approach to weaning practices in a prehistoric population from İkiztepe, Samsun, Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 27: Article 101982. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.101982

Irvine, B., Erdal, Y.S., and Richards, M.P. 2019. Dietary habits in the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) of Anatolia: A multi-isotopic approach. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24: 253-263.

Book Review of ‘The archaeology of the Caucasus: from earliest settlements to the Iron Age’, by Antonio Sagona. Reviewed by Isabelle Coupal and Benjamin Irvine. 2018. American Journal of Archaeology 122 (4). Published online at www.ajaonline.org/book-review/3725. DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1224.coupal

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. IANSA 5(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 (member) 

Contact Details

Email: benjamin.irvine@biaa.ac.uk

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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