British Institute at Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara supports, enables and encourages research in Türkiye and the Black Sea region in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ancient and modern history, heritage management, social sciences and contemporary issues in public policy and political sciences. It publishes scholarly monographs relating to the archaeology and history of Türkiye, with a particular emphasis on publishing the results of Institute-funded research. 

More information can be found at: https://biaa.ac.uk. 

Routes and Roads in Anatolia from Prehistory to Seljuk Times Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9781912090099
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2024
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: ca 100 B&W
Description:
Turkey has always been a crossroads and therefore offers an ideal location to study interaction between individuals and human communities and societies through time. Interaction has always necessarily involved movement which in turn did not occur randomly in the landscape, but was instead focused on routes and roads that secured faster and easier connections. There is substantial evidence that exchange networks already existed in Anatolia at least since the Neolithic period, with goods travelling over long distances.
People of Anatolia Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 231
ISBN: 9781912090105
Pub Date: 15 May 2024
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 26 photos, maps, and charts; 29 tables
Description:
People of Anatolia: Past, Current and Future Research in the Biological Anthropology of Türkiye brings together, in one complete volume, some of the current research foci and trends of biological anthropology in Türkiye. The papers within this edited volume cover a multitude of topics, many of which complement and enhance each other, helping to demonstrate the strength and variety of research currently being performed in Türkiye by both domestic and foreign researchers. Furthermore, several of these papers examine large scale diachronic changes and highlight the importance of such holistic approaches and methodological considerations, and new trends in modern research by considering large scale patterns through time and space and the ‘bigger’ picture.
From Midas to Cyrus and Other Stories Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 255
ISBN: 9781912090129
Pub Date: 10 Apr 2024
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 134 illus, 6 tables
Description:
The period of Anatolian history between the death of the semilegendary king Midas of Gordion ca 700 BC and the advent of the Achaemenid Persian Empire ca 550 BC is dominated by certain narratives: the rise of the Mermnad Lydian Kingdom, from Gyges to Croesus; the demise of the Urartian Kingdom and ‘NeoHittite’type culture and polities; and the invasion of shadowy forces from the Steppe: Cimmerians, Scythians and Medes. The discoveries of Geoffrey and Francoise Summers’s project at the massive walled city on Kerkenes Dağı have changed the cultural history and texture of Anatolia during this time period, opening up insights into the spread of Phrygian culture and language and inviting further discussion of how the period is framed. This book honours their accomplishments by presenting papers addressing the dynamics and events of that period from various angles, and in various regions and places, as well as other interventions on Iron Age Anatolia, from dating of kings to rare and potentially influential medical techniques.
Çatalhöyük Excavations Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 700
ISBN: 9781912090204
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2023
Series: Çatalhöyük Research Project Series
Description:
This volume discusses the main excavations at Neolithic Çatalhöyük East undertaken from 2009 to 2017. The site is well known because of its large size, elaborate symbolism and wall paintings, and long history of excavation. This volume covers the last period of excavation directed by Ian Hodder in the North and South Areas of the site.
Communities at Work Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 375
ISBN: 9781912090488
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2022
Series: Çatalhöyük Research Project Series
Description:
The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations conducted by Mellaart revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as spectacular wall paintings and reliefs in the houses. This volume discusses general themes that have emerged in the analysis and interpretation of the results of excavations undertaken at Çatalhöyük between 2009 and 2017, although many authors also discuss data generated through the whole 25-year period of excavation by the Çatalhöyük Research Project since 1993.This volume scrutinizes Çatalhöyük as the by-product of the activities of a community residing in central Turkey 9,000 years ago, but also as the outcome of the interactions of a community of researchers with wide-ranging theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.
The Matter of Çatalhöyük Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781912090501
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Description:
This newest volume in the Çatalhöyük Research Project Series continues the interpretation of the material obtained during excavation of the site from 2009 to 2017 under the direction of Professor Ian Hodder. Çatalhöyük, a 9,000-year-old tell site in central Turkey, is of international importance due to its large size at an early date, its dense population and its long occupation. Its well-preserved buildings and rich art in the Neolithic East Mound give a unique insight into early village life, and the site allows study of many of the main questions dealing with the formation of settled villages/towns and the early intensification of agriculture.
Peopling the Landscape of Çatalhöyük Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781912090785
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2021
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Description:
This volume reports on the ways in which humans engaged in their material and biotic environments at Çatalhöyük, using a wide range of archaeological evidence. This volume also summarizes work on the skeletal remains recovered from the site, as well as analytical research on isotopes and aDNA.
Public Archaeology Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 102
ISBN: 9781912090808
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2019
Description:
This volume explores the relationship between archaeology and contemporary society, especially as it concerns local communities living day-to-day alongside archaeological heritage. The contributors come from a range of disciplines and offer inspiring views emerging from the marriage of archaeology with a number of other fields, such as economics, social anthropology, ethnography, public policy, oral history and tourism studies, to form the discipline of ‘public archaeology’. There is growing interest in investigating the meanings of archaeology assets and archaeological landscapes, and this volume targets these issues with case studies from Greece, Italy, Turkey and elsewhere.
Bordered Places - Bounded Times Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781898249382
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2017
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Description:
Building on similarities and exploring differences in the way scholars undertake their research, this volume presents crossdisciplinary communication on the study of borders, frontiers and boundaries through time, with a focus on Turkey. Standing at the dividing/connecting line between Europe and Asia, Turkey emerges as a place carrying a rich history of multiple layers of borders that have been drawn, shifted or unmade from the remote past until today: from Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers to the period of early states in the Bronze Age, from the poleis of classical antiquity to the period of the empires defined by the Roman expansion and Byzantine rule, from the imprints of the Ottoman state’s expanded frontiers to contemporary Turkey’s national borders. Amidst proliferating interdisciplinary collaborations for the study of borders between social anthropology, geography, political science and history, this book aims to contribute to a nascent but growing direction in border studies by including archaeology as a collocutor and using Turkey as a case study.
The Archaeobotany of Aşvan Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781898249177
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2017
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Description:
This volume contains the final publication of the archaeobotanical remains recovered from four sites at the village of Aşvan in eastern Turkey, which were excavated between 1968 and 1973 as part of the archaeological rescue project in the Keban Dam region. An extensive programme of archaeobotanical research involved detailed study of the modern flora, the observation and recording of pre-mechanised agricultural practices and large-scale recovery of ancient botanical samples by water sieving. The report traces the evolution of cultivation in the region from the Chalcolithic to the Medieval period, charting the dominance of emmer and hulled barley in the Chalcolithic period, the emergence of free-threshing wheats in the Early Bronze Age and the introduction of irrigated summer crops, especially millet, by the Hellenistic period.
Tille Höyük 3.1 + Tille Höyuk 3.2 (bundle) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 828
ISBN: 9781898249405
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2016
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Description:
Tille Höyük 3.1 presents the structures and stratigraphy of the important Iron Age sequence at Tille Höyuek, a mound at a crossing of the Euphrates in eastern Turkey. The site, which was excavated between 1979 and 1990 by the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, revealed ten major structural levels of the Iron Age, spanning the period from the 11th century to the 6th-4th centuries BC, as well as earlier and later remains, and the wide exposure of architecture provides a sequence of intelligible and impressive building plans.
Tille Hoyuk 3.2 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 604
ISBN: 9781898249375
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2016
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Description:
Tille Höyük 3.2 is one of the few Iron Age sites to have been excavated on the River Euphrates between Malatya and Carchemish on the Turco-Syrian border, at a crossing point on the west bank of the Euphrates, an area now almost entirely inundated by a series of dam schemes. It is the only one with a near-complete Iron Age stratigraphic sequence to be published in detail to date.
Integrating Çatalhöyük: themes from the 2000-2008 seasons Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9781898249320
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2014
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 50 figures and 20 tables
Description:
The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. The present volume discusses general themes that have emerged in the analysis and interpretation of the results of excavations in 2000-2008.
Çatalhöyük Excavations: the 2000-2008 seasons Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781898249290
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2013
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 300 figures and 50 tables
Description:
The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. Çatalhöyük Excavations presents the results of the excavations that took place at the site from 2000 to 2008 when the main aim was to understand the social geography of the settlement, its layout and social organization.
Substantive technologies at Çatalhöyük: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781898249313
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2013
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 250 illustrations and 50 tables
Description:
The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. The present volume reports on the results of excavations in 2000-2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which humans became increasingly engaged in their material environment such that ‘things’ came to play an active force in their lives.
Çatalhöyük excavations: Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük excavations Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781898249306
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2013
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 250 figures and 50 tables
Description:
The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people who inhabited the site. The present volume reports on the results of excavations in 2000-2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which the Çatalhöyük settlement and environment were dwelled in.