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.

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Council of management

Post-doctoral fellows

Research scholars and assistants