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Archaeology in Anatolia Symposium

Archaeology in Anatolia Symposium

London | Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

10 February 2020 09:30 to 16:30

Summary of Event:

The BIAA, along with the Royal Anthropological Institute, SOAS and the Anglo-Turkish Society, is delighted to announce a one-day symposium on Archaeology in Anatolia.

The aim of this symposium is to explore outstanding recent work in the archaeology and prehistory of Anatolia. Speakers include: Prof. Ian Hodder, Prof. Douglas Baird, Dr Maxime Brami, Dr Lee Clare, Dr Işılay Gürsu, Dr John MacGinnis, and Dr Artemis Papatheodorou.

Pre-booking essential: Adult: £80, Student: £40, RAI Fellow / ATS / BIAA Member: £40 + limited free tickets for SOAS staff & students. Booking is essential.

Join us for a celebration of this rich and varied heritage going back to the dawn of civilisation covering a wide time span from pre-history. Tea / coffee provided on the day. 

For enquiries, please contact: contact@angloturkishsociety.org.uk.

Keywords: Archaeology, prehistory, excavation

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

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

London | Wolfson Room, The British Academy

11 February 2020 18:30 to 21:30


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.

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Occupied Istanbul: Urban Politics, Culture, and Society, 1918-1923

Occupied Istanbul: Urban Politics, Culture, and Society, 1918-1923

Istanbul | Boğaziçi University

25 - 27 September 2020, 18:00 - 18:00

At 9.40 a.m. on 16 March 1920, Andrew Ryan of the British high commission presented the Ottoman prime minister, Salih Hulusi Paşa, with a note informing him that the Allies had declared martial law and occupied Istanbul. Earlier in the morning, British, French, and Italian troops, present in the city since November 1918, had conducted a series of arrests of high profile former and serving Ottoman officials and officers and taken control of multiple government ministries. Allied forces would not depart from Istanbul until 6 October 1923.

The centenary of the official occupation presents a useful moment in which to promote a more comprehensive study of the politics, culture, and society of Istanbul during the period. Despite the wealth of relevant multi-national archival holdings available, the occupation has been largely ignored in public memory and academic writing in the former occupying powers and is often marginalised in the Anatolian-focused history of the War of Independence in Turkey. The few English-language publications to date have focused on international diplomacy around the status of Istanbul while Turkish literature has concentrated on nationalist responses to the occupation, leaving developments in the city itself largely unexplored.

The work of several early career scholars is now making up for this historiographical neglect, and it is hoped that the occupation’s centenary will prompt academics with expertise in the adjacent periods of late Ottoman and early Republican history to extend their research to the years 1918-1923.

Keywords: Istanbul, Occupation, History

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