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Director's Note

Lutgarde Vandeput BIAA Director

With this note, I would like to introduce the 2017 BIAA Newsletter. Its format allows you to browse selected highlights or read specific sections in detail via the links provided.

In spite of rapid and at times challenging developments in Turkey, the BIAA has managed to keep up a wide range of activities. Nevertheless, it has sometimes proved necessary to  adapt to the situation. As a result, the institute is now fully equipped to present lectures in-house, with an installed projector, screen and other facilities.

Throughout the academic year 2016-17, the institute hosted and/or supported a wide range of research projects, run by its fellows or by BIAA grant recipients that led to important research outcomes (workshops, conferences, publications) in archaeology-related disciplines as well as in history and the social and political sciences.

The year has been especially successful for Cultural Heritage Management-related projects. Not only were important aims achieved for ongoing projects, but we were also able to attract new funding. The BIAA won a British Academy Sustainable Development Programme Grant entitled ‘Living amid the Ruins’, as well as a Cultural Heritage Protection Fund Large Grant, ‘Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey’ (SARAT).

Much progress was also made on a long-term in-house project: restructuring the website and especially the interface that enables browsing the institute’s library and collections. I would like to invite you to surf the website to find out how much easier and better navigation has become.

Last but not least, I would like to remind you that the BIAA is a registered UK charity and is increasingly dependent upon donations. We would therefore deeply appreciate your support, in order to continue our work. Please visit our donations page here.

Ankara, July 2017
Lutgarde Vandeput

Contents of this Newsletter

> BIAA Research, Events and Publications in
  •   Archaeology and Related Disciplines   >>      

  •   Cultural Heritage Management   >>  

  •   History, Social & Political Sciences   >> 

> News of Academic Staff, Fellows and Scholars  >>

> The BIAA Library & Resources News   >>

> Other news of the BIAA   >> 

Research in Archaeology



David French (1933 - 2017) 

David French on the road

In March 2017 we lost David French, director of the BIAA from 1968 to 1994. In the course of the 26 year of his directorship, David fundamentally changed the BIAA and turned it from a service centre for fieldwork archaeology into a fully fledged research institute, with an extensive library and unique study collections. We largely have David's vision and policies to thank for the BIAA as it is today. Trained as an archaeologist at Cambridge University, David was involved in and director of a variety of research excavations concentrating on prehistoric Anatolia. The best known of these projects is Can Hasan in the Konya plain. From the late 1960s onwards, the BIAA and its then newly appointed director David French were involved in rescue excavations related to the construction of the Keban Dam. In this context, David worked at Aşvan. In the 1980s he took up a rescue excavation at Tille Höyük on the Euphrates. David’s excavation work was vital for the development of consistent methodologies for investigating the prehistory of Anatolia and he was one of the pioneers when it came to an interdisciplinary approach to archaeological sites in Turkey. Parallel to his rescue excavation work, David embarked on a totally new, large-scale and long-term project surveying the remains of roads, routes and milestones. The majority oflarge currently known milestones were discovered over a period of almost 50 years and published by David in a tremendous accomplishment achieved during the last years of his life (2012-2017).


Read the obituary for David French by Prof. Stephen Mitchell (BIAA Chairman)
in the Guardian  >>


> Excavations at Boncuklu Höyük

Excavations at Boncuklu Höyük, a small Neolithic site close to the city of Konya, will continue into their 12th season this summer. The project aims to shed light on the origins of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent, and in particular the impact that this transition made on the inhabitants of Neolithic sites.Osteoarchaeologist Dr. Jessica Pearson from the University of Liverpool examines a human skull in detail at the Boncuklu dighouse Accompanying the development of agriculture were a number of ritual and symbolic changes in Neolithic society, as well as changes in the way that people interacted with their surrounding landscapes - both of which are also the subject of investigation at Boncuklu.

The methodological approach to answering these questions will, alongside detailed archaeological excavation, include the continuation of work on the reconstructed experimental buildings, and the undertaking of a sounding - an attempt to establish the earliest chronology of the site by digging to its very deepest deposits.

> 25th Excavation season at Çatahöyük

The 25th season at Çatalhöyük will attempt to answer many similar questions to Boncuklu, albeit at a much larger and slightly later Neolithic settlement. This year specifically sees a five-month excavation season, wherein a large lab and excavation team will attempt to tie off as many loose ends as possible prior to a study season in the coming year.

Further to this, a large sounding will be excavated at the site to shed light on the earliest phases of the settlement. This work may also elucidate the proposed connection between the sites of Boncuklu and Çatalhöyük, as suggested by their geographic and temporal proximity - less than 10km separates the two sites, which appear to have roughly successive settlements. Once again an extremely large, internationally sourced excavation team will continue their seminal work at this globally renowned UNESCO world heritage site.

A difficult to reach burial is excavated up close at Catalhoyuk


Visit the
Çatalhöyük project page
Boncuklu project page >> 

Research Projects Funded in 2016 - 2017

Research projects in archaeology


Browse BIAA supported Research Projects  >>
Read the Project Reports in BIAA's magazine 
Heritage Turkey  >>


Innovation, Interaction & Interconnection in the Taurus-Zagros Arc and Beyond | 10,000-5000 BC
ANKARA | Middle East Technical University | 10-11 December 2016

Workshop of Three institutesAn innovative collaboration between the director of the British Institute of Persian Studies Ancient programme, Dr Cameron Petrie, representatives of the three other British schools and institutes that focus on Western Asia - Prof. Douglas Baird (representing BIAA), Prof. Bill Finalyson (CBRL) and Prof. Roger Mathews (ex- BIS), and Dr Mehmet Somel from METU. A total of 18 papers were presented addressing the three “I’s” of the conference (“Innovation, interaction and interconnection”), while topics ranged in geographical space from the Aegean coast to the Caucasus and the northern and southern arms of the Iranian Plateau, and in thematic scope from the origins of corporate behaviour, genomics, experimental archaeology, and more. The event has laid the groundwork for further collaborations in coming years, and arrangements are in train to publish papers presented.

Text by Dr. Cameron Petrie

   PUBLICATIONS  in archaeology 

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> The latest issue of Anatolian Studies (66/ 2016) is now online  >>

> The late David French's An album of Maps and Notes on Itineraria were published in the electronic monograph series  >>

> The edited volume Bordered Places - Bounded Times, the first BIAA monograph to come out as both hard and e-book, is now available

Publications by Fellows, Staff and Grant Recipients (selected)

Michele Massa and Orlene McIlfatrick (Hon. Fellows 2016-7) published: 
> Massa M., E. Fidan and O. McIlfatrick (2017). 'Çiledir Höyük ve Seyiyömer Höyük Erken ve Orta Tunç Çağı metalurjisi’ in S. Ünan (ed.), ‘Kütahya Müzesi 2015 Yıllığı’, Kütahya: Kütahya Müzesi Müdürlüğü

Our Grant Recepients A.D. Petersen and S.V. Moore published:
> Petersen, A.D. (2017). ‘“Under the Yoke”: The Archaeology of the Ottoman Period in Bulgaria’, Journal of Islamic Archaeology Vol. 3, No. 2
> Haddow, S., J. W. Sadvari, C. J. Knüsel, S. V. Moore, C. S. Larsen, and S. E. Nugent (in press). ‘Out of Range? Non-normative funerary practices from the Neolithic to the early 20th Century at Çatalhöyük, Turkey’ in T. K. Betsinger, A. B. Scott, A. Tsaliki (eds.), ‘A Bioarchaeological Perspective of Atypical Mortuary Practices: A Geographic and Temporal Investigation’ Vol. 1, Gainesville: University of Florida Press

See list of BIAA supported publications in Archaeology  >> 

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> Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) 

We are delighted to announce that our application to the Cultural Protection Fund, managed by the British Council in partnership with the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), has been accepted! The project, titled Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT), will be led by the BIAA together with Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Anadolu Kültür and ICOM UK.

SARAT aims to raise awareness and build the capacity for safeguarding cultural heritage in Turkey, focusing on archaeological assets in particular. The three-year project will deliver customised training in risk management and rescue for local heritage professionals in eight communities, seminars for journalists and registered antiquities collectors, a nationwide survey to map public perceptions 
and value of heritage, and workshops in using heritage assets to build economic and social capital in communities.

Living Amid the ruins project

> Living Amid the Ruins
Our other brand new project titled: “Living Amid the Ruins: Archaeological sites as hubs of sustainable development for local communities in Southwest Turkey" (LAR) was awarded a British Academy Sustainable Development Grant. The project is the research leg of the BIAA’s ongoing work on cultural heritage management in the ancient region of Pisidia. LAR aims at tackling the challenging issue of how to protect cultural heritage through multi-layered dialogue with local communities. It does so through fostering a sense of pride in hosting this heritage and empowering local communities in its interpretation and presentation.

Explore current BIAA projects on Cultural Heritage Management   >>
Visit "Living amid the Ruins" project page on British Academy Website   >>
See the announcement of the "SARAT" project


ALMOST COMPLETED! The Pisidia Heritage Trail project

Following several weeks of fieldwork, the Pisidia Heritage Trail (PHT) has reached its final form, with 9 individual routes amounting to a total of 370km connecting 12 major archaeological areas. Diary entries, route descriptions, photographs and GPS data (including tracks, information on archaeological areas, natural features, travel facilities, and the suggested location of route signs) have all been logged and systematized. The next stage of the PHT—that is the physical marking of the routes on the ground—will begin in the autumn months.

Closely connected with the PHT is the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory, an ethnographic survey of rapidly disappearing traditional knowledge (various crafts like carpet-making, basketry, carpentry, as well as traditional singing techniques) at chosen villages along the trekking routes. The results will be funnelled into the planned PHT guidebook, which is currently under preparation and is expected to be out before the end of 2017. Under this umbrella, botanist Dr Gökhan Deniz (Akdeniz University) joined the team in order to document the use of plants in traditional crafts, cuisine and medicine. The anthropological fieldwork continues in parallel with the "Living Amid the Ruins" project (see above), as well as promotional activities aimed at increasing the number of visitors in the region. As part of these activities, at the beginning of May 2017, standard and drone photography was undertaken in this spectacular region.

Another aspect of the PHT is the use of new technologies. A recent sponsorship agreement between LithodomosVR and the BIAA made it possible to integrate this exciting 3-D modelling into the presentation of the sites in Pisidia. Along with the Pisidia guidebook, Google Cardboard glasses will be provided to visitors, enabling them to experience a VR reconstruction of the ancient landscape and buildings.


Watch a series of videos on the Pisidian cities featuring S. Mitchell and L. Vandeput  >>

Images from the Pisidia Heritage Trail

Thanks to your support more than £23,000 was raised for the Pisidia Heritage Trail Project. You can catch a glimpse of how your contributions were materialised in the video below!

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On Thursday 19th October 2017 we'll be launching a new fundraising appeal at an evening drinks party at 10 Carlton House Terrace. Nearer the time, we'll let you know details of the unique archaeological project that we'd like to support, and with tickets available at £30 a head, we hope members, friends and alumni of archaeological projects will be able to come along. Why not pencil in the date - and contact us at if you'd like to know more before September!

Best wishes from the Development Committee


Workshop: Protection of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations.
ANKARA | Erimtan Museum | 15 - 16 June 2017

2017_06_15 Cultural Heritage Protection Workshop Day 1

The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), the American Research Institute in Turkey – Ankara (ARIT), the US Embassy in Ankara and the General Directorate for Heritage and Museums of the TC Ministry of Culture and Tourism co-organised this workshop, with the aim of addressing strategies for protecting museums and heritage sites in instances of disaster. 

The workshop brought together international experts and specialists from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, museums, institutes and universities in Turkey. A keynote lecture was given by Prof. Peter Stone and there were opening speeches by Dr Lutgarde Vandeput (BIAA), Dr Elif Denel (ARIT), and Mr Melik Ayaz (General Directorate of Monuments and Museums). The workshop took place at the Erimtan Museum in Ankara on 15 and 16 June 2017.

2017_06_15 Cultural Heritage Protection Workshop Day 2

Closing Panel of the Workshop: with representatives of ICCROM ROME, ICOM Paris, UPENN, UNESCO, Blue Shields NGO and the General Directorate of Monuments and Museums of Turkey 



See detailed programme and listen to keynote speeches here  >>

   PUBLICATIONS  in Cultural Heritage Management 

Public Archaeology Workshop 2014The edited volume Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices edited by the BIAA CHM Fellow Dr Işılay Gürsu is in preparation as a BIAA monograph and will be published before the end of 2017. The book, the result of a BIAA workshop held in 2014, sheds new light on the relationship between archaeology and the public.

Publications by Fellows, Staff and Grant Recipients

Işılay Gürsu (BIAA Cultural Heritage Management Fellow) published:
> Baykal Büyüksaraç G. & Gürsu I. (2017). ‘Local Economy and Women’s Labour in the Context of Cultural Heritage: The Aspendos (Belkıs) Case’ in Şimşek G. (ed.), “Women and Cultural Heritage”, Aydin: Adnan Menderes University.
> Gürsu, I. (2017) ‘Ankara İngiliz Arkeoloji Enstitüsü: Kültürel Miras Yönetimi Projesi, Aspendos ve Pisidya Bölgesi’, 38. Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı, Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
> Gürsu, I. (forthcoming) ‘Tourism, privatization and archaeology’ in Tahan L. and Dallen T. (eds.), Tourism and Archaeology, Bristol: Channel View Publications.

See list of BIAA supported publications in Cultural Heritage Management  >> 



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Vibrant research activity and results from the BIAA post-doc fellows

BIAA's post-doctoral fellows, working on contemporary Turkey, spent a year that was rich in research experience in the field and resulted in the significant advancement of their projects.

Research in Turkish FootballDr. John McManus,, a social anthropologist, has been researching and writing a book about the history and culture of football in Turkey. The research has taken him all over the country and beyond – from Gaziantep and Trabzon to Germany and Holland – involving him in conversation (and on occasion participation!) with some of the myriad groups of people whose lives, hopes and frustrations are tied up in the game. His book is due for release in 2018 with Orion Press (see below).

Dr. Ender Peker, an urban designer by training, has been exploring the challenges of climate responsive urban development in the Black Sea region of Participatory Workshop on Climate in Rize Turkey. His research, by bringing various stakeholders and decision-makers onto a shared platform, turned into a reciprocal learning process for both sides, and triggered the start of a new participatory future planning process in the Municipality of Rize (in the photo you see an instance from the participatory workshops organised in Rize in May 2017).

Dr. Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, an Ottoman and early Republican historian, continued his research on smuggling between Istanbul and other Mediterranean port cities and the opium trade during the late Ottoman period with trips to archives in Turkey, Greece and the UK. During his visit to the special collections of the School of Oriental and African Studies, he unearthed the special correspondence of China Maritime Customs Service commissioner F. W. Maze, who worked in Canton, Tientsin, Hangkow and Shanghai in the 1910s and ‘20s.

at the SOAS archives 


Research Projects Funded in 2016 - 2017

Projects funded in History and the Social and Political Sciences


Explore current BIAA projects on History and the Social & Political Sciences  >>


Workshop: The British Empire and the Turkish Republic in the '20s & '30s
CAMBRIDGE | Churchill College | 31 April - 2 May 2017

2017_03_31_From Enemies to Allies WorkshopThe British Institute at Ankara research project, “From Enemies to Allies: Turkey and Britain 1914-1952”, held its second workshop, on “The British Empire and the Turkish Republic during the 1920s and 1930s”, on 31 March and 1 April 2017 at Churchill College, Cambridge.
The workshop was interdisciplinary in nature, with 18 presenters from the fields of history, comparative literature, international relations, anthropology, archaeology, and political science engaging a broader audience of doctoral students, academics and serving and former diplomatic staff. The evening’s keynote lecture was delivered by Dilek Barlas (Koç University), who gave an incisive overview of British-Turkish relations in the period 1923-1939, from the Treaty of Lausanne, through the challenges of the Great Depression, to cooperation to curtail Italian ambitions in the Mediterranean.
Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, the workshop organiser, and Stephen Mitchell, head of the project’s guiding committee from the BIAA, opened the workshop, noting how the ‘From Enemies to Allies’ project marks a major step forward in the BIAA’s relatively recent entry into the field of modern history.

From Enemies to Allies II workshop Participants


See detailed programme and read conference report here  >>

   PUBLICATIONS  in History, Social and Political Sciences

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> The BIAA-IB Tauris series published two books in 2016: Turkey's Cold War: Foreign Policy and Western Alignment in the Modern Republic by Saban Halis Calis and Turkey and the US in the Middle East: Diplomacy and Discord During the Iraq Wars by Gurcan Balik.
Visit the BIAA-IB Tauris series  >>

Publications by Fellows, Staff and Grant Recipients (selected)

Leonidas Karakatsanis (Assistant Director 2015-2018) published: 
> L. Karakatsanis and N. Papadogiannis (eds.) The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus: Performing the Left since the Sixties. London: Routledge
> E. Baysal and L. Karakatsanis (eds.) Bordered Places - Bounded Times. Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Turkey. London: The British Institute at Ankara 

John McManus (Post-Doctoral Fellow 2016-18) :
Had his article "Modern Enchantments: Media, Fandom and Distraction Amongst Diaspora Turkish Football Supporters" accepted for publications in Ethnos

> Has submitted his manuscript for his forthcoming book titled: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the 'Real' Turkish Football. London: Orion Books  

See list of BIAA supported publications in History and Politics  >> 

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Lutgarde Vandeput (director 2006-present)

The BIAA Director, Dr Lutgarde Vandeputcontinued archaeological fieldwork at Aspendos in south-west Turkey, where she concentrated on the double-storied fountain that flanks the northern side of the city’s agora. Scaffolding was put up against the western half of the fountain’s façade, which generated unique opportunities for detailed recording of the building and its decoration. The study has revealed clear indications for the monument’s complicated, multi-phased history. In its present state, it actually resembles a huge jigsaw assembled with elements from different origins over a long period of time. At Ankara, Dr Vandeput has been involved in funding applications for large-scale cultural heritage-related projects; these have resulted in a grant from the British Academy Sustainable Development Programme and a Large Grant from the Cultural Protection Fund. Finally, a Visiting International Professorship from the Research School at the Ruhr- University in Bochum saw Dr Vandeput travel to Germany to continue her role in the supervision of PhD students. 

Leo karakatsanisThe BIAA Assistant Director, Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis published two co-edited projects on which he had been collaborating over the last five years: the BIAA volume Bordered Places | Bounded Times (with E. Baysal) and The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece & Cyprus: Performing the Left Since the Sixties (with N. Papadogiannis, published by Routledge). At the same time, he coordinated a major restructuring of the BIAA resource centre's digital infrastructure in collaboration with the IT team in Ankara, the librarians and the research scholar. He is currently working on a new article based on his research on the role of culture in the politics of reconciliation across Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Armenia.

Radicalization and transformation in South-Eastern Europe: States, societies and contentious politics“ - See more at:
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Işılay GürsuIn 2016-2017, Dr Işılay Gürsu  continued her post-doctoral fellowship on cultural heritage management, a post she has held since 2013. She is currently the Co-Investigator of the project titled Living Amid the Ruins (LAR) (see above), which was awarded a British Academy Sustainable Development Fund grant in October 2016. She has presented her work on this project, and more broadly her research on cultural heritage, on several occasions, at the British Academy, Bilecik University, the Middle East Technical University, ANKA (Antalya Cultural Heritage Researchers Foundation), the French Institute of Anatolian Research in Istanbul and the National Archaeological Symposium in Edirne.

Daniel Seal

Dr Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal, continued for a second year as the fellow responsible for the co-ordination of the BIAA project 'From Enemies to Allies'. Beyond the successful organisation of the second international workshop of the project (see above) and the preparation of the relevant forthcoming publications, Daniel continued his own research project on smuggling in the late Ottoman Empire. He presented his work in several academic fora in Turkey and abroad, including at a week-long workshop on Ottoman History at the University of Crete. As of August 2017, Daniel will be working in Hong Kong at the Baptist University (see career developments).

John McmanusDr John McManus (BIAA Post-doctoral fellow 2016-2018) is a social anthropologist specialising in the study of sport, digital media and migration in Turkey and the Turkish-speaking diaspora. John received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2016 with a thesis entitled, Playing the game: a study of transnational Turkish football fans, imaginations and the internet. During his first year at the BIAA he completed the manuscript for his contracted book on Turkish football (see above), while he presented his work in numerous conferences and lectures in Turkey and abroad. For the coming academic year he is launching a new project, examining the phenomenon of refugees in Turkey – to date standing at over three million – from the perspective of sport.

Ender PekerDr Ender Peker (BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-2017) is an urbanist specialising in climate-responsive urban design, with a PhD from University of Reading. During his fellowship he focused on the climate challenges in the Black Sea region (see above) and worked toward publishing journal articles based on this research. In parallel, Ender taught at the Middle East Technical University, offering the course “Participatory Planning and Design” as a visiting lecturer at the Department of City and Regional Planning. He also presented his work in talks and lectures at various universities in Ankara and beyond.

Jamie Redfern

Jamie Redfern was the BIAA Research Scholar for 2016-2017. During his time at the institute he worked on refining the scope of his PhD - for which he will apply in the coming years - as well as developing a pilot study concerning the use of RTI technology on the BIAA squeeze collection. He also helped to get the subject-heading attribution system for the BIAA library underway, and produced graphics and videos for the BIAA's many projects and events. In the summer he returns to Boncuklu Hoyuk to excavate, before travelling to Australia to work as a commercial archaeologist. He intends to commence a PhD on the Neolithic of central Anatolia in the near future.



See more details about BIAA's current and past fellows and staff   >>

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Since September 2016 the BIAA library has purchased or received through donations 292 new books on themes spread across archaeology, history and the social and political sciences. 2016-2017 saw a significant increase in our on-site readers and users of the library and special collections.

During this period the BIAA also completed the major reorganisation of its web resources that was launched last year, resulting in a brand new research interface for the entire library and special collections. Explore the new search system here  >>

During the year 2016-2017 the BIAA web site's visitor numbers kept growing reaching 23.000 users in total, with Turkey and the UK being the first in the list of country sessions with 36.2% and 20% respectively (see below). The BIAA's opportunities page and the pages offering information about the BIAA and BIAA's people were the most visited parts of the web site. Our YouTube Channel had 7.411 views with a significant 8.69% increase in watch time in comparison to last year

Analytics 2016-2017 BIAA site

BIAA youtube Channel analytics

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> Bettany Hughes becomes the BIAA Honorary Patron 

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bettany Hughes, the award-winning historian, author and broadcaster has accepted our invitation to become honorary patron of the Institute! Bettany works with educational charities and establishments around the world to promote learning and understanding. She has written and presented over 50 film and radio documentaries examining the history of ideas from religion to philosophy, linking eastern and western cultures, and the ancient with the modern world. Her programmes have been seen by over 250 million viewers worldwide. See more >>
Bettany Hughes


> BIAA Chair transition 

The BIAA extends an earnest and wholehearted Thank You to Sir David Logan for serving as the institute Chair, offering his support, guidance and vision throughout the previous 11 years! We warmly welcome Professor Stephen Mitchell, FBA as the incoming Chair and look forward to a dynamic and productive future
David Logan (Left) and Stephen Mitchell (right)

Sir David Logan (left) and Prof. Stephen Mitchell (right)
> Changeover at the London Manager's position

In May 2017, after seven years in the London Manager's post, Claire McCafferty left to return to her homeland, Australia! The BIAA wished her the best with parties in both Ankara and London and thanked her for services. The institute welcomed Simon Bell who took over the post following a long career working in the information sector in both publishing and libraries.

From Claire's goodbye party with BiAA Director Lutgarde Vandeput (left) and Ankara Manager Gülgün Girdivan (right)

Claire McCafferty (middle) with BIAA director Dr. Lutgarde Vandeput
and BIAA Ankara Manager Gülgün Girdivan 
at the Ankara farewell party


> Launching the Ankara lecture series hall at the BIAA 

Since February 2017, the BIAA has hosted its own small and medium-sized events (lectures, small workshops, and more), at its premises on Tahran Caddesi. Our lecture room has a capacity of up to 45 people and is equipped with the latest presentation technology. We have been happy to see the room filled up several times in the past few months (see photos below).

New lecture room at the BIAA

Lectures held at the BIAA premises by Antonis Hatzikyriacou (Left) and Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen (right)


> Visit by Archaeology Data Service

In June 2017 a specialist team from the UK Archaeological Data Service (ADS) visited the institute as part of an invited assessment of the digitisation of theDr. Holly Wright and Dr. Tim Evans from ADSBIAA archives and collections. Dr Holly Wright and Dr Tim Evans spent two days at the institute examining the  new digital infrastructures and offering their suggestions and insights on the future strategy for expanding the archiving capacities of the British Institute resource centre.

> British Embassy School's work placement Week 

The BIAA participated in the work placement programme of the School of the British Embassy in Ankara, hosting three students, Alexander, Toma and Mal, for a week. Alexander, Toma and Mal integrated fully into the BIAA's daily working life and, in particular, helped the librarians to launch the process of re-labelling the book collection. 

Toma, Alexander and Mal at the BIAA  British Embassy school workplacementBE school students Toma, Alexander and Mal working in the library (left) and with all the BIAA team (right)

Last but not least, if you haven't watched yet, enjoy below the short documentary about the history of the BIAA we prepared last year:

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