Past appointments

BIAA Directors


John Garstang, CBE

BIAA Director 1947-1949

John Garstang had been a pioneering archaeologist for much of the first half of the twentieth century, and, after developing a particular interest in the Hittites, he conceived the idea of founding an institute in Turkey. By 1947, the idea had been forged into a reality, and Garstang became the first director of the new British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. He immediately began excavations at Yümük Tepe the following year, but ultimately stepped down in 1949, owing to his age and the loss of his wife. He continued to serve as president until his death in 1956, the day after he returned to see his old site of Yümük Tepe one last time.


Seton Lloyd, CBE

BIAA Director, 1949-1961 (also Honorary Secretary 1964-1972, President 1975-1981 and Vice-President 1982-1996)

Seton Lloyd began an innovative archaeological career in Iraq in the 1930s, and soon joined John Garstang (who would go on to found the British Institute at Ankara in 1947) in the excavation of Mersin on the south coast of Turkey. Seton Lloyd took over the directorship after Garstang stepped down in 1949, and inaugurated his tenure with the excavation of a prehistoric mound at Polatlı. He would go on to work extensively on Sultantepe, Harran, and Beycesultan, before retiring in 1961. He remained involved with the Institute as Honorary Secretary, President, and Vice President until his death in 1996.


Michael Gough

BIAA Director 1961-1968

Michael Gough had joined the Institute in the early years of Seton Lloyd’s directorship, and joined the excavations at Sultantepe in 1951. Ten years later, he took over the directorship himself following Lloyd’s retirement, and presided over one of the Institute’s most famous discoveries: Çatalhöyük. Meanwhile, Gough’s own work focused on Alahan and Dağ Pazarı, and these would be his main occupation throughout his directorship. The interest in this Byzantine monastery marked an important departure from previous directors’ specialisms in prehistoric archaeology, and was the beginning of a continuous broadening of the BIAA’s range of scholarly enterprises. Michael Gough retired in 1968, and passed away in 1974.


David French

BIAA Director 1968-1993

David French was the Institute’s longest serving director, and he continued to be an important contributor to the Institute’s scholarly output until his death. After his appointment in 1968, he continued his earlier work on Can Hasan, which provided an important overview of the Chalcolithic Period in the area, as well as establishing transition sequences from the Neolithic. Among a considerable number of projects, the rescue excavations at Aşvan Kale and Tille Höyük stand out. In the field of epigraphy, David French embarked upon a vast project, namely the survey of the milestones of Asia Minor resulting in an unprecedented mapping of ancient roads in Anatolia that has become a major reference work.

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Roger Matthews

BIAA Director 1996-2001

Having previously been Director of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq from 1988-1995, Roger Matthews joined the BIAA as Acting Director in 1995 and served as full Director from 1996-2001. During his time in Ankara he directed the multi-period field survey project in north-central Turkey, Project Paphlagonia, largely funded by the BIAA. He also served as Field Director at the newly re-started excavations at Catalhoyuk from 1993-1996. Since leaving the BIAA, Roger Matthews has become Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Reading and is currently co-director of the Central Zagros Archaeological Project with Dr Wendy Matthews, investigating the Early Neolithic transformation to settled farming life in the Zagros mountains of eastern Iraq and western Iran. Visit institutional page  >>


Hugh Elton

BIAA Director 2001-2006

As Director, Hugh Elton worked on the BABSI project (British Academy Black Sea Initiative) and on the renovation of the library, including the web-based catalogue and new bookshelves. He also directed the Goksu Archaeological Project, and, after leaving Ankara, directed the Avkat Archaeological Project. He specializes in Roman and Late Roman political and military history, and the regions of Cilicia and Isauria in southern Turkey, with a particular focus on questions of identity. He is currently Professor of Ancient History and Classics at Trent University. Visit institutional page >>

Assistant directors


James Mellaart

BIAA Assistant Director 1959-1961

James Mellaart had been associated with the institute for much of the 1950s, with a long history of working with Seton Lloyd, and was made the first Assistant Director in 1959. Soon after, he led his first dig as a field director at Hacilar. Controversies aside, Mellaart is undoubtedly most famous for discovering Çatalhöyük, one of the most significant prehistoric sites in the world (and now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the study of which the BIAA has continuously supported for more than half a century.


Richard Harper

Assistant Director 1966-1972 (also BIAA Scholar 1964 and Librarian 1965)

After assisting Michael Gough in the Alahan excavations, Richard Harper conducted numerous epigraphic surveys around Nevşehir, Niğde, and Kayseri, and also carried out excavations of Comana in Cappadocia, and the Roman fort at Pağnik. He also did much to expand the BIAA library during his time as Assistant Director. After leaving Ankara, he joined the British School in Jerusalem where he remained until his retirement in 1995.


Sebastian Payne

BIAA Assistant Director 1972-1975

After completing a fellowship at the BIAA, Sebastian Payne was appointed Assistant Director. He continued his studies of animal bones from Can Hasan, and also worked on the Aşvan collections and spent time investigating Franchthi Cave, Gordion, Kalınkaya and Eskiyapar.


David Williams

BIAA Assistant Director 1976-1980

David Williams was appointed as Assistant Director in 1976, and worked with David French on the excavation of Tille Höyük, a rescue project necessitated by the building of the Karakaya hydroelectric dam. Williams also worked alongside French on the RECAM Project (Regional Epigraphical Catalogues of Asia Minor), which was conceived of as a worthwhile enterprise that could be carried out in spite of the financial difficulties of the time.


Ann Murray

BIAA Assistant Director 1980-1986

Ann Murray was appointed as Assistant Director under David French, and participated in the annual BIAA excavations at Tille Höyük while at the same time pursuing her doctoral research on 2nd millennium ceramic material from the Keban Dam excavations and the Hittite texts of the Empire period. She spent considerable time in Pamukkale Museum drawing the small finds from the Lloyd/Mellaart 2nd millennium excavations at Beycesultan, and published, in conjunction with James Mellaart, the final volume of the Beycesultan publications:  Volume III, Part 2.  This volume covered LBA pottery and MBA/LBA small objects. Since leaving the Institute, Ann has moved to Chicago where she serves as the Executive Director of the International Music Foundation, a non-profit arts organization.


Geoffrey Summers

BIAA Assistant Director 1986-1992

Having been awarded a PhD at Manchester in 1982, and having participated in many excavations around the globe, Geoffrey Summers was appointed Assistant Director of the BIAA in 1986. Under David French, he participated in the Tille Höyük rescue excavations, along with the Adıyaman Survey. As field director, he undertook the Yaraşlı Survey, and conducted museum studies at Tell Esh-Sheikh and Sakçagözü. Since his time as Assistant Director, Summers has been directing the BIAA-funded survey and excavation of Kerkenes Dağ.


Christopher Lightfoot

BIAA Assistant Director 1986-1992

Christopher Lightfoot is a specialist in ancient glass, numismatics, and Roman minor arts, and was appointed as Assistant Director in 1986. He worked at the excavations at Sagalassos and Amorium, as well as with David French at Tille Höyük. Alongside excavations, he worked on the surveys of Cremna, Sagalassos, the Tigris-Euphrates Archaeological Survey Project, and directed the Satala Survey. After his time as Assistant Director, he took over the BIAA-funded Amorium excavations as field director, and is currently director of post-excavation and publications.


David Shankland

BIAA Assistant Director 1992 & Acting Director 1993-1995

David Shankland was appointed Assistant Director in 1992, and Acting Director from 1993-1995. During his time in Ankara, he was part of the opening or reopening of a number of excavation projects, including Zeugma and Çatalhöyük, and he later went on to conduct fieldwork in the nearby village of Küçükköy. This led to an interest in the intersection between anthropology and archaeology which continues until the present day. After his time in Ankara, he was appointed Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales Lampeter, then Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bamberg, Germany. In 2002 he moved to Bristol as Senior Lecturer then Reader in Anthropology, and in 2010 to the Royal Anthropological Institute as Director. In 2015, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the Anthropology Department, University College London.  Visit institutional page>>


Andrew Peacock

BIAA Assistant Director 2007-2011

Andrew Peacock is a historian focusing on Medieval and early modern Middle Eastern and Islamic history. He was the first Assistant Director of the BIAA from a discipline outside archaeology, reflecting a broadening of scope in the BIAA’s research output which has continued to the present day. During his time in Ankara, he conducted projects on trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia, and the eleventh century Anatolian north-eastern frontier. He is now a reader at the University of St. Andrews. See institutional page>>

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Marc Herzog

BIAA Assistant Director 2011-2015 (Acting Director September 2013 – May 2014)

Marc Herzog was the Assistant Director of the British Institute at Ankara from 2011 until 2015. He finished his PhD at the University of Exeter in 2011, with a doctoral thesis focusing on the emergence of Muslim Democrat politics and parties in the past two decades and their effects on processes of party system stabilisation and institutionalisation in Turkey within a comparative framework. He co-edited ‘Turkey and the Politics of National Identity’ (IB Tauris, 2014), as well as ‘The Role, Position, And Agency of Cusp States in International Relations’ (Routledge, 2014) focusing on international relations. His research interests are in the fields of Turkish party politics, political Islam and the dynamics of moderation, democratisation, party system institutionalisation, Turkish foreign policy, new social movements as well as the politics of identity in the Turkish context.


Leonidas Karakatsanis

BIAA Assistant Director 2015-2019

Leonidas (Leo) Karakatsanis received his PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex. He joined the BIAA in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was appointed as Assistant Director in 2015. Leonidas has researched and published on issues related to the politics of identity and reconciliation, civil society, minority rights, immigration and theories of qualitative methods in social and political sciences. He is the author of the research monograph: Turkish-Greek Relations.  Rapprochement, Civil Society and the Politics of Friendship (London & New York: Routledge, 2014). He is also the co-editor of The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Performing the Left since the Sixties (together with N. Papadogiannis) and Bordered Places, Bounded Times: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on Turkey (together with E. Baysal), published in 2017 by Routledge and the BIAA respectively.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Bradley Jordan

Dr Bradley Jordan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2021-22

Bradley Jordan is an Ancient Historian working on the Late Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean and the rise of Roman hegemony (c. third century BCE to first century CE) and employs conceptual frameworks from political science to examine local experiences of empire. Jordan completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in early 2020 and spent eighteen months at the University of Cologne working within the project “Central unity and regional identity in the Roman Empire”. During his fellowship, he worked on a monograph analysing how imperial administrative institutions arose in the province of Asia (modern western Turkey) during the late Roman Republic, and how the instability of the imperial centre affected the development of governance.

Fields of Expertise: Late Hellenistic/Roman Asia Minor, Ancient History, Imperialism.

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Dr Umut Parmaksız

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2020-21

Umut Parmaksız received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University in 2004 and 2007 respectively. After being awarded the EU Ministry’s Jean Monnet Scholarship, he spent a year in the UK as a visiting researcher. He received his PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Bristol in 2015. His PhD thesis, supervised by Professors Gregor McLennan and Tariq Modood, examines the cogency, import and utility of the concept ‘postsecular’ for social and political theory.

Fields of Expertise: Postsecularity, secularisation, religion in the public sphere and secular ways of life.


Dr Gizem Tongo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2018-2020

Gizem Tongo is a historian specialising in the visual and material culture of the late Ottoman Empire. holds a doctorate in Oriental Studies from University of Oxford, St John’s College, where she was a Lord Dulverton Scholar and later a lecturer and a Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar. Before Oxford, she received her BA in Philosophy from Bogazici University and holds two master’s degrees, one in Post-1900 Literatures, Theories, and Cultures (Manchester University) and one in History (Bogazici University). During her time as a BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked on a book manuscript titled War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire.

Fields of Expertise: Visual and material culture of the late Ottoman Empire; the relationship between war and culture during conflict and its aftermath.



Dr Benjamine Irvine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2018-2020, Honorary Research Fellow 2020-2021

Benjamin Irvine 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.

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

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Dr Peter Cherry

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2017-2018

Peter Cherry is a comparative literature scholar, interested in questions of and intersections between gender, race, sexuality, and national and cultural identity in twentieth and twenty-first century British and Turkish literature, film and culture. Peter holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh where his thesis, British Muslim Masculinities in Transcultural Literature and Film 1985-2012, examined constructions of masculinity in literature and film by British writers and filmmakers with a Muslim cultural heritage. His postdoctoral research at the BIAA explored the impact of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and representations of post-Ottoman Turkish national and cultural identities in mid-twentieth century British literary and travel narratives. Following his BIAA fellowship, Peter was appointed Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at the Department of Turkish Literature, Bilkent University.

Fields of Expertise: Comparative Literature, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Turkish and British Literature.

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John McManus

Dr John McManus

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-2018, Honorary Research Fellow 2020-2021

John McManus is a social anthropologist whose research looks at sport, migration, multiculturalism and popular culture in the Middle East, in particular Turkey and Qatar. He is the author of Inside Qatar: stories from one of the richest nations on earth (Icon Books, 2022) and Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018), which he completed during his BIAA Postdoctoral Fellowhsip, and which was awarded runner-up in the 2019 British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society book prize. John holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Financial Times and the BBC, as well as academic journals.

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

Ender Peker

Dr Ender Peker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-2017, Honorary Research Fellow 2020-2021

Ender Peker specialises in climate responsive urbanism; particularly the ways in which the built environment is co-produced by technical rules, regulations and actors. Ender holds a PhD from the University of Reading. His PhD research developed an urban design approach that integrates technical knowledge regarding climate sensitivity with social knowledge generated within and by local communities. His BIAA research project focused on the challenges of climate responsive urban development in the context of Black Sea Climate through a case study of Rize, a typical Black Sea city challenged with frequent urban flooding events. He is currently working with water management stakeholders to better understand contemporary needs in İstanbul and explore how archaeological findings from the Water in Istanbul: Rising to the Challenge? project can inform solutions to current water-related challenges in the city.

Fields of Expertise: Climate Responsive Design, Urban Design, Socio-Technical Research.


Dr Elisabetta Costa

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2015-2016

Elisabetta Costa is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media, social media, journalism, politics and gender in Turkey and the Middle East. Elisabetta was awarded a PhD by the University of Milan-Bicocca in June 2011. She joined the BIAA in 2015 after working on a comparative research project based at the UCL Department of Anthropology, the Global Social Media Impact Study ( This project aimed at understanding the impact of social media on the world population. In this role, she carried out 15 months of ethnography in Mardin, a medium-sized town in south-east Turkey, focusing especially on the impact of social media on politics, gender, kinship and intimate relations. During her Fellowship Elisabetta completed her monograph Social media in south-east Turkey, and edited the volume How the world changed social media.  Following her BIAA Fellowship Elisabetta was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism at the University of Groningen.

Fields of Expertise: Social & Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Turkey.

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Dr B. Nilgün Öz

BIAA-RCAC Fellow 2015-2016

B. Nilgün Öz is a conservation architect (METU BArch; METU MSc Historic Preservation) and has worked in the heritage conservation field on various projects across Turkey. She has undertaken fieldwork at several sites, including Magnesia, Nysa, Çaltılar Höyük, Yalburt, and Gre-Amer Höyük. In 2010-11, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has since completed her PhD within the METU Historic Preservation Programme. As the BIAA-RCAC Fellow, she focused on preparing a values-based and community-focused management plan for Çaltılar Höyük and its environs, a mound located in the Seydikemer district of Muğla Province.

Fields of Expertise:  Archaeology and Anthropology, Cultural Heritage Management.


Dr Orlene McIlfatrick

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2014-2015

Orlene McIlfatrick graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in ceramics analysis. During her time at the BIAA she worked on X-Ray Fluorescence analysis of ceramic fabrics and paint pigments from two sites and several surveys in Central Anatolia, with a project entitled ‘Exploring themes of continuity, movement and interaction in the Iron Age of Central Anatolia: utilising a distribution analysis of Iron Age painted pottery types within the Kızılırmak bend’. She also organized a PXRF workshop in partnership with the JIAA at Kaman in May 2015. She is currently a freelance PXRF specialist for metals and ceramic materials, working on several projects in Turkey and Bulgaria, including 3 projects directly supported by the BIAA.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Ceramics Research.

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal

Dr Daniel-Joseph McArthur-Seal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2014-2015, Research Fellow and Project Co-ordinator 2015-2017

Daniel-Joseph McArthur-Seal received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014. His thesis, ‘Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923′, compared the principle cities of the eastern Mediterranean’s experience of Allied occupation during and after the First World War. During his Fellowship, Daniel organised the workshop Dark Histories: nighttime and nightlife in the Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Mediterranean.  After completing his Fellowship, Daniel stayed at the BIAA as a Research Fellow and Co-ordinator of the From Enemies to Allies project. He was then appointed a Research Assistant Professor in the History Department at Hong Kong Baptist University, and has since returned to the BIAA as Assistant Director. His first book, Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923, compares British military occupations in Alexandria, Thessaloniki and Istanbul.

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

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Dr Catherine Draycott

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2013-2014

Catherine Draycott completed her DPhil on funerary art in the non-Greek speaking areas of Western Anatolia at Oxford in 2007.  She has worked at a number of sites in Turkey, including Kerkenes Dağ, Zincirli and Çaltılar, and co-authored a monograph on important sculptural finds from the first. While at the BIAA she worked on several publications, including a large edited volume on the depiction of banquets in tomb art, book reviews, and an article on the appearance of new buildings called ‘heroa’ at Xanthos in Lycia in the mid-5th century BC (published in Anatolian Studies 2015).  Following her BIAA fellowship, Catherine was appointed Lecturer in Classical Archaeology in the Archaeology Department at Durham University, where she now holds the post of Assistant Professor.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, History of Art.


Dr Sophie Moore

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2013-2014

Sophie Moore is an archaeologist who gained her PhD from Newcastle University in 2013, with a thesis entitled ‘A Relational Approach to Byzantine Mortuary Practices within Medieval Anatolia’. Her postdoctoral work at the BIAA focused on the historic cemeteries of Çatalhöyük, which the BIAA has continued to support through an SRI grant entitled ‘The cemeteries of Çatalhöyük from Christianity to Islam: constructing memory, burying the dead and knowing God’. During 2016-17 she was Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, and has since been appointed as a Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at Newcastle University

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Byzantine Archaeology.


Dr Stella Souvatzi

BIAA-RCAC Fellow 2013-2014

Stella Souvatzi holds a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, is the author of A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece, An Anthropological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Space and Time in Mediterranean Archaeology (Routledge, 2013). Her BIAA-RCAC project focused on comparative research of Neolithic sites and landscapes in Turkey and Greece as means for the constant formulation of identities in the past and the present, as constructed in the realms of cultural heritage, and the relationship between the two. She has since been appointed as Assistant Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Thessaly

Fields of Expertise: Prehistoric Archaeology.


Dr Emma L Baysal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2012-2013

Emma Baysal completed her PhD in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Liverpool in 2010. She is a specialist in prehistoric personal ornaments and works at a number of sites in Turkey researching and publishing assemblages dating from the Epipalaeolithic to the Early Bronze Age. Her research interests include the technologies of ornament manufacture, long distance contacts and craft specialisation in prehistory. During her fellowship at the BIAA she worked on a project investigating the dynamics of marginality – the exchange of ideas / construction of borders in prehistory. She also co-organised the workshop Bordered Places | Bounded Times with Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis. She is currently an Associate Professor of Prehistory at Ankara University.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology, personal ornaments.

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Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2012-2013, Project Fellow 2014-2015, Assistant Director 2015-2019

Leonidas (Leo) Karakatsanis received his PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex. He joined the BIAA in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was appointed Assistant Director in 2015. Leo has researched and published on issues related to the politics of identity and reconciliation, civil society, minority rights, immigration and theories of qualitative methods in social and political sciences. He wrote the monograph: Turkish-Greek Relations. Rapprochement, Civil Society and the Politics of Friendship (London & New York: Routledge, 2014) and is the co-editor of The politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Performing the Left since the Sixties (together with N. Papadogiannis) and Bordered Places, Bounded Times: Cross-disciplinary perspectives on Turkey (together with E. Baysal), published in 2017 by Routledge and the BIAA respectively.

Fields of Expertise: politics of identity and reconciliation, civil society, minority rights, immigration, social and political sciences.

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Dr Özge Dilaver

Balkan Futures Research Fellow 2012-2015

Özge Dilaver holds a PhD in Management (Economics and Management Science) from Lancaster University Management School. She has worked on models of innovation, cities and macroeconomics. During her Balkan Futures Fellowship she investigated cross-border flows between Istanbul and Thessaloniki with grounded simulation. Özge also runs a networking project called Constructed Complexities that explore connections between social constructionism and complexity theory.

Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Turkey & Balkans, Agent-based Macroeconomics.


Dr Elena Magdalena Craciun

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2011-2012

Magdalena Craciun holds a PhD in Anthropology from UCL, having completed a thesis titled ‘An ethnography of fake brands in Turkey and Romania’. During her fellowship she completed her monograph Material Culture and Authenticity: Fake Branded Fashion in Europe (Bloomsbury 2014). She has since been appointed as a Research Fellow at New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania, where she is carring out research on the Romanian middle class.

Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Turkey, Social & Cultural Anthropology.


Dr Christoph Bachhuber

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2009-2010

Christoph Bachhuber is an archaeologist with wide-ranging interests in the ancient material culture of the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean, including the archaeology of early cities and states, and the intersections between archaeology and the politics of heritage in the Middle East. Following his Fellowship at the Institute, he has taught at Keble, the Freie Universität Berlin, and Brown University. He has since been appointed as Lecturer at St John’s College, Oxford, and is also a co-PI of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP), a BIAA-supported project.

Fields of Expertise: ancient material culture of the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean, archaeology of early cities and states, politics of heritage in the Middle East.


Dr Peter Popkin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2008-2009

Peter Popkin received his PhD in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London with a thesis titled: ‘The Society and Economy of Iron Age Transjordan: A Contextual Zooarchaeological Analysis.’ His postdoctoral research project at the BIAA was entitled ‘Empire Collapse and Subsistence Practices: Tracking Changes in Animal Management from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age at Kilise Tepe.’ While at the BIAA, Peter organised a workshop entitled ‘Sheep and Goat Identification, Analysis and Interpretation’ that focused on sheep and goat morphology, ageing, sexing, metrical analysis and management practices, including domestication. Peter is currently an Associate Archaeologist with WSP Canada.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Zooarchaeology


Dr Georgia Petridou

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2007-2008

Georgia Petridou primarily specialises in Greek literature, Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman Medicine. Utterly fascinated by ancient religious and philosophical ideas and practices, she has been working on the concept of ‘divine epiphany’ in Greek literature and culture. Her monograph on the topic, Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture, was published by OUP in 2015. During her BIAA Fellowship, Georgia worked on a superb corpus of inscriptions from the Greek mainland and Asia Minor (mainly Hellenistic and Imperial), where divine epiphanies of local deities are accounted for, especially in a political and military context. Aspects of that research project appeared as part of a 2009 article in Anatolian Studies 59 in which she offers an interpretation of foot-shaped monuments of the imperial age discovered in Pisidia (by setting them in the wider context of similar finds that come from all around the Mediterranean basin). She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Ancient Greek History at the  University of Liverpool.

Fields of Expertise: Greek literature, Greek and Roman religion & Medicine, Visual Culture.


Dr Tristan Carter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2006-2007

Tristan Carter had already been associated with the BIAA since 1999, through his involvement with the Çatalhöyük Research Project, the Göbekli Tepe excavations, and Anatolian obsidian sources. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the BIAA, he focused on MBA relations between the elites of Crete (First Palace eriod) and central Anatolia (so-called ‘Assyrian Trade Colonies’ period), and the processes of Neolithisation from the Levant to the Aegean. Socio-economic interaction in all cases was investigated through ‘thick description’ obsidian characterisation studies. He has since been appointed as a Professor with the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, Canada.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Neolithic Period, Eastern Mediterranean & British prehistory, Lithics, Obsidian Sourcing.


Dr Can Erimtan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2004-2005

Can Erimtan received his DPhil in Modern History from Oxford University in 2003. He has subsequently undertaken his BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship between 2004 and 2005, and has held the post of Senior Fellow at the Institute of Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul. In 2008, his article ‘Hittites, Ottomans and Turks: Agaoglu Ahmed Bey and the Kemalist Construction of Turkish Nationhood In Anatolia‘ was published in Anatolian Studies, the BIAA’s flagship journal. His publications include the book “Ottomans Looking West?” as well as numerous scholarly articles. Whilst based in Istanbul, Erimtan started publishing in the English language Turkish press, becoming the Turkey Editor of the İstanbul Gazette. He is now an independent scholar and regularly publishes op-eds on a wide variety of salient topics in the Turkish English-language press, RT’s Op-Edge. New Eastern Outlook, and the 21st Century Wire.

Fields of Expertise: Ottoman history; politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the wider Middle East.


Dr Andrew Peacock

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2003-2004, Assistant Director 2007-2011

Andrew Peacock is a historian focusing on Medieval and early modern Middle Eastern and Islamic history. He was the first Assistant Director of the BIAA from a discipline outside archaeology, reflecting a broadening of scope in the BIAA’s research output which has continued to the present day. During his time in Ankara, he conducted projects on trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia, and the eleventh century Anatolian north-eastern frontier. He is now a reader at the University of St. Andrews.
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Dr Luke Lavan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2002-2003

Luke Lavan is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where he co-ordinates the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology. His doctorate (2001) considered Provincial Capitals in Late Antiquity. He is series editor of Late Antique Archaeology. In addition to his BIAA Fellowship, he was also a postdoctoral research fellow of the Sagalassos Archaeological Project 2005-2007 and directed the Kent section of the Kent-Berlin Late Antique Ostia Project 2008-2012. He has also held postdoctoral fellowships at the Humboldt Foundation, University of Cologne, and the Collège de France in Paris.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Late Antiquity, use of space in the Late Antique and Early Medieval city.

Council of management


  • Prof. John Garstang, CBE, 1950-1952
  • Sir Hugh Beaver, KBE, 1962-1964
  • Sir James Bowker, KCMG, 1965-1972
  • Sir Bernard Burrows, 1973-1983
  • Sir Peter Lawrence, KCMG, 1984-1994
  • Sir Timothy Daunt, KCMG, 1995-2005
  • Sir David Logan, 2006-2017

Honorary Secretaries

  • Ms. H. F. Rudoi, 1947-1963
  • Prof. Seton Lloyd, 1964-1972
  • Mr. Alan S. Hall, 1973-1984
  • Dr Stephen Mitchell, 1981 (acting)
  • Dr Trevor Watkins, 1985-1992
  • Dr Stephen Hill, 1993-1995
  • Prof. Stephen Mitchell, 1996-2000
  • Dr Stuart Campbell, 2001-2005
  • Dr Tamar Hodos, 2006-2009
  • Prof. Stephen Mitchell, 2009-2014

Honorary Treasurers

  • Brig. Gen. Sir Osborne Mance, KBE, CB CMG, DSO, 1947-1958
  • R. L. Ogg, 1959-1963
  • Jasper Streater, OBE, 1964-1965
  • R. T. Brooks, 1967-1969, 1973-1976
  • J. H. Clauson, 1970-1972
  • Sir Matthew Farrer, KCVO, 1977-1994
  • William B. R. Saunders, 1995-2001 (and Asst. Hon. Treasurer 1993-1994)
  • Dr Nicholas Milner, 2002-2012

Honorary positions


  • Prof. J. Garstang, CBE, 1947 till † 12 Sept 1956
  • Prof. Sir William M. Calder, 1956 till † 17 Aug. 1960
  • Sir Steven Runciman, 1960-1975
  •  Prof. Seton Lloyd, CBE, 1975-1981
  • Prof. Oliver Robert Gurney, 1981 till † 11 Jan 2001
  • Prof. A. A. M. Bryer, 2003-2008

Vice Presidents

  • Sir Leonard Wooley, 1950 till † 20 Feb 1960
  • Mr Harold C. Bowen, 1950 till † June 1960
  • Prof. Ronald Syme, 1951 till † 4 Sept 1989
  • Prof. Sir William M. Calder, 1952-1956
  • Prof. V. Gordon Childe, 1957
  • Sir Hugh Beaver, KBE, 1957 till † 16 Jan 1967
  • Dr Winnifred Lamb, 1957- † 1963
  • Sir James Bowker, KCMG, 1958 till † 15 Dec 1983
  • Sir Osborne Mance, 1960-1965
  • R. D. Barnett, 1961-1969
  • Prof. Michael Grant, CBE, 1961 till † 4 Oct 2004
  • D. F. O. Russell, 1965-1972
  • Prof. Seton Lloyd, CBE, 1973-1974, 1982 till † 7 Jan 1996
  • Sir Bernard Burrows, 1973 till † 7 May 2002
  • Sir Peter Lawrence, 1983 till † 26 Nov 2007
  • Sir Steven Runciman, 1975 till † 1 Nov 2000
  • Prof. Stuart Piggott, 1978 till † 23 Sept 1996
  • Lord Butterworth, CBE DL,  1991 till † 19 June 2003

Honorary Vice Presidents:

  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Zeki Kuneralp, 1964-1966, 1969-1972
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Ümit Haluk Bayülken, 1966-1969
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Turgut Menemencioğlu, 1972-1978
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Vahap Aşiroğlu, 1978-1981
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Rahmi Gümrükçüoğlu, 1981-1988
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Nurver Nureş, 1989-1991
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Candemir Önhon, 1991-1995
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Ünal Çeviköz, 2011-2013
  • H.E. The Turkish Ambassador, Abdurrahman Bilgiç, 2013-2018

Managers and Librarians


London Managers 

  • Winifred Lamb
  • Hilda Rudoi
  • Enid Thompson
  • Fionna Ligonnet
  • Gina Coulthard
  • Siobhan McKeown
  • Claire McCafferty
  • Simon Bell
  • Vanessa Hymas

Ankara Managers

  • Gisela Csippek
  • Arlette Mellaart
  • Ferdinand de la Grange
  • Ülge Göker


  • Yaprak Eran, 1984-2009

Assistant Librarians

  • Çiğdem Mengi
  • Emine Atakan
  • Susanne Berndt Ersöz
  • Yiğit Erbil
  • Demet Baran
  • Yasın Tamer
  • Nur Deniz Ünsal
  • Tuna Çapar