Location Ankara - Hybrid Event
Date and time
Tuesday 17 January 2023
16:00 - 17:30 (London GMT)
19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)
British Institute at AnkaraLutgarde Vandeput
British Institute at AnkaraÜmit Işın
Equinox TravelMichele Massa
Pisidia Heritage Trail (PHT) is a 350-kilometre-long, archaeology-themed trekking route that connects 12 ancient cities across stunning landscapes. The comprehensive guidebook ‘Pisidia Heritage Trail: Hiking Through Ancient Sites and Highlands of the Western Taurus Mountains, Turkey’ describes the archaeological and natural heritage of Pisidia, and their modern inhabitants. In this panel, many of the experts who have contributed to the creation of the PHT as well as the guidebook will share their knowledge on this ancient region.
PHT builds on the results of several BIAA-led projects and was created with the aim of creating social and economic benefits for the communities that live by the archaeological sites along the trail. The guidebook puts together 3D reconstructions of some of the visible remains, a text written in an interpretive style and enriched by findings from botanical and ethnographic studies, and a waymarked trail offering the possibility of exploring the region on foot. The ultimate aim is to establish a timeless relationship between the ancient people of Pisidia and the readers of this book today.
Işılay Gürsu is assistant director at the BIAA and is the author of Pisidia Heritage Trail guidebook. She is currently a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, working on her monograph on the public understanding of archaeology in Turkey.
Lutgarde Vandeput is director at the BIAA and is a classical archaeologist. She has done fieldwork in Turkey since she was a student. She participated in the excavations at Sagalassos and also in the Pisidia Survey Project, which she then directed between 1998 and 2012.
Ümit Işın is an archaeologist and professional tour guide and the owner of the tour company Equinox Travel based in Antalya. Organising archaeological and cultural tours all around Turkey since 1996, Equinox Travel has recently become the producer of ‘Anatolian Archaeology’, a TV programme broadcasting on the national TRT2 network.
Michele Massa is assistant professor at Bilkent University’s Archaeology department. He is a landscape archaeologist with significant expertise in digital documentation and mapping. He has been co-director of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project since 2016.