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Interview with Shahina Farid: Insights into Turkish Archaeology

Shahina Farid recently stepped down from her six-year term as Honorary Secretary of the BIAA. To show our gratitude for her service to the Institute, Shahina was the first to receive honorary life membership at the BIAA. We asked Shahina to reflect on the highlights of her archaeological career, advice for fellow archaeologists, her contributions and experience at the BIAA, and plans for the future!

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BIAA Condolences Message for the Death of Cyril Mango

With great sadness, the BIAA notes the death of the eminent Byzantinist Cyril Mango. His research spanned all aspects of Byzantine Studies, and his linguistic skills ensured an unrivalled command of the subject’s range of sources. However, his enduring legacy will be his studies of his native city, to be crowned by a forthcoming magnum opus on the urban development of Byzantine Constantinople. 

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BIAA Condolences Message for the Death of David Barchard

The BIAA is sad to report the death of a long-standing member, David Barchard on 25th December. He was one of the UK’s most knowledgeable and respected authorities on Turkey, who was for a time a BIAA Council member and a valued, critical friend of the Institute since the 1970s. We send our condolences to his family and innumerable friends in Turkey, the UK and beyond.

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BIAA Council of Management Officer Appointments

During the BIAA's 2020 AGM, a revised version of the Articles of Association was approved that introduced Deputy Honorary Officer roles to support the Chair, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. Consequently, three Deputy Honorary Officers were appointed, alongside an Honorary Secretary following the end of Shahina Farid’s six-year term.

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BIAA Condolences Message for the Death of Dr Ian Jenkins OBE

Members of the BIAA are sorrowed by the news that Dr Ian Jenkins OBE, Senior Curator at the British Museum, died on 28 November 2020 at the age of sixty-seven. Ian Jenkins served on the BIAA Council of Management for several years. He was a warm and witty colleague, who will be sorely missed.

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Library Reopening on 16th November 2020

The BIAA David French Library will reopen on a limited basis from 16 November 2020, and is pleased to be able to make available close to 500 new books it has acquired since being closed in March.

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Online Certificate Programme in 'Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets'

The 1st December - 1st February iteration of the 'Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets' Online Certificate Programme opened for applications on 2nd November. This programme, which constitutes the continuation of the course developed by the BIAA-led SARAT Project, is made possible by ANAMED.

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SARAT celebrate their Europa Nostra Award

A virtual award ceremony was jointly organised by the BIAA and Europa Nostra Turkey to celebrate SARAT's Europa Nostra Award. The SARAT team expressed their pride and happiness in winning this award to over 100 invited guests. The 4.5 kg bronze Europa Nostra plaquette is now displayed at the Institute.

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Pisidia Heritage Trail App

As part of the BIAA’s Living Amid the Ruins Project, a Pisidia Heritage Trail App using Virtual Reality has been released. The app uses a VR headset or simple cardboard glasses to facilitate an immersive experience incorporating 3D reconstructions of ancient cities along the 350km route that connects archaeological sites in Pisidia. The app is available from Google Play and the App Store.

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"Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets" Online Certificate Programme

From the 8th September-8th November 2020, the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) will be offering the online certificate programme "Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets". Applications are currently open!

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