FILM SCREENING: Katman Documentary - Story of an excavation

10 January 2019 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, first floor, 06690

A special screening of the documentary "KATMAN" directed by Melek Ulagay Taylan. The documentary reveals the story of the Gre Amer archaeological excavations in Batman, conducted by Dr. Gül Pulhan and Dr. Stuart Blaylock and their team. The screening will be follows by a Q&A with Dr. Gül Pulhan and Dr. Stuart Blaylock.

Melek Ulagay Taylan holds a BA from the Department of English Literature of Istanbul University in and an MA in International Relation form the Faculty of Political Science of Ankara University. She worked as press and PR consultant of the Agha Han Foundation and as a simultaneous translator with the Association of Simultaneous Translators. She founded Ajans 21Independent Documentary Film Company with her associate Nurdan Arca, in 1992. She began working at the Helsinki Citizens Assembly Turkish section in 1994. She produced four documentary films so far and since 2012, she continues to produce and direct at Ret Film. Her latest film, an archaeological documentary, LAYER finished filming in 2017 and will start its festival journey soon.

Dr Gül Pulhan received her BA in History from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, MA in Protohistory and Near Eastern Archaeology from Istanbul University and M.Phil and PhD in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology from Yale University. She was Martin Harrison fellow at Oxford University in 2002. Her specialties are the Bronze Ages of northern Mesopotamia, Cultural Heritage Management and Museum Studies. She taught at Bilkent and Bilgi Universities, and was among the founding faculty members of the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art at Koç University and the MA program in Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management, where she taught for ten years. Since 2009 she has been conducting salvage excavations at Gre Amer, a multi-period mound on the Garzan tributary of the Tigris on behalf of the Batman Museum as part of the Ilısu Dam Salvage Projects. Here recent curatorial and consultancy works include the Erimtan Archaeology and Art Museum in Ankara, and various archaeology related projects for Yapı Kredi Art, Culture and Publishing in Istanbul. She currently coordinates the SARAT project (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) funded by the Cultural Protection Fund on behalf of the BIAA. Dr. Pulhan served on the UNESCO Turkish National Committee on Displaced Cultural Heritage and was a member of the Council of Management of the British Institute at Ankara.  

Dr Stuart Blaylock is an independent scholar who worked for the BIAA during the 1980s, when he was field director for the Tille Höyük excavations in Adıyaman and went on to publish the Iron Age levels of the site (in two BIAA monographs: 2009; 2016).  To this end he spent long periods in Ankara in the 1990s as a fellow of the Institute.  When light at last appeared at the end of the tunnel, and he felt able to return to active fieldwork in South-East Turkey, he took up the reins again at Gre Amer in Batman province, and has worked there since 2009 in collaboration with his long-term friend and partner Dr Gül Pulhan.  Stuart is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and, in addition to his Near-Eastern activities, pursues an active career in Great Britain, where he is an architectural historian and buildings archaeologist of some renown.


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