Pisidia Cultural Heritage Management Project

Location: Ancient Pisidia, Turkey

Year(s): 2015 - 2019

Project Coordinator: Işılay Gürsu

Advisors: Lutgarde Vandeput, Stephen Mitchell

Participants: Hakan Tarhan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç, Michele Massa, Ümit Işın, Gökhan Deniz

Funding: BIAA, The Headley Trust 

Supporters of the Pisidia Appeal: Aurelius Charitable Trust, Society of Dilettanti Charitable Trust, Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, Leche Trust, Stevenson Family Charitable Trust and individual donors. 

Summary: This project builds on the results of the Pisidia Archaeological Survey Project directed by current BIAA Chairperson Prof. Stephen Mitchell and BIAA Director Dr Lutgarde Vandeput. The project involves the creation of a cultural heritage management plan for Pisidia - an ancient region located in the Taurus Mountain range that is rarely visited and therefore an easy target for looting.  The project has already resulted in the creation of a long-distance walking trail extending 350km and connecting many archaeological sites in the region. The trail is designed to attract hikers, nature lovers and adventurers, and to increase the economic benefits for the communities who live by these ruins. 


  • I. Gürsu (forthcoming). Ankara İngiliz Arkeoloji Enstitüsü: Kültürel Miras Yönetimi Projesi, Aspendos ve Pisidya Bölgesi. 38. Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı. Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  • I. Gürsu, “Archaeological- and eco-tourism in Pisidia”, “Heritage Turkey”, 2015, vol.5, pg 32-33 
  • I. Gürsu, “The BIAA’s Cultural Heritage Management Project”, “Heritage Turkey”, 2014, vol.4, pg 37-39.


Belongs to;
Community Outreach & Public Archaeology
Cultural Heritage Management

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