LECTURE: ‘Why, How and by Whom?’ – The Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) Project

11 February 2020 18:30 to 21:30 | London

Wolfson Room, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton Terrace, SW1Y 5AH


Speakers: Dr Lutgarde Vandeput (BIAA Director), Dr Gül Pulhan (SARAT Project Coordinator), Dr Işılay Gürsu (SARAT Cultural Heritage Management Researcher)

On the evening of Tuesday 11th February, the BIAA is hosting an event to share the final results of the Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) project. This project, led by the BIAA in partnership with Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and the International Council of Museums in the UK (ICOM UK), aims to increase knowledge, capacity, and awareness in relation to protecting Turkey’s archaeological assets by implementing four interconnected activities:

  • Developing and running an online course for heritage and other related professionals on ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’;
  • Conducting Turkey’s first nationwide public opinion survey to investigate the relationship between the public and archaeology, and organizing a series of ‘Archaeology in Local Context’ workshops to share the results with local stakeholders;
  • Organising ‘Archaeology Reporting’ workshops for journalists around the country to improve the quality of heritage-related journalism;
  • Undertaking interviews with registered antiquities collectors to raise awareness of the destruction caused by looting archaeological objects.


Since 2017, the SARAT project has been funded by the Cultural Protection Fund managed by the British Council in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports.  This current phase is coming to an end in March 2020. In this lecture, the results of the 3-year project as well as its potential to serve as a replicable template for similar initiatives will be presented, with a special focus on the results of the unique nationwide public opinion survey.

Attendance is free, however places are limited and registration is required.  To register, please email: biaa@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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