For other regions or specializations, see the Fieldwork Opportunities page on the Institute's website.
General Resources on Archaeological Projects in Turkey
- American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to promoting American and Turkish research and exchange related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and especially in archaeology. They also give several fellowships for graduate students and post-doctoral research. See also their Recommended Procedures for Requesting a Permit to Conduct Research in Turkey page. Currently ARIT reviews applications from abroad for archaeological excavations and surveys to take place in Turkey prior to the permit process with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums (or Monuments and Museums, sometimes).
- American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into, and public understanding of, the history and cultures of the Near East and wider Mediterranean world, from the earliest times. ASOR offers multiple scholarships for student participation in fieldwork, and grants to archaeological projects, as well as maintaining a list of other relevant grants and fellowships. The organization also hosts an annual meeting.
- British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) supports, facilitates, promotes and publishes British research focused on Turkey and the Black Sea littoral within the arts, humanities and social sciences, whilst maintaining a centre in Ankara focused on the archaeology of Turkey. They have a good library in Ankara on Anatolian archaeology and the institute can be a good source of survey equipment to rent if you become a member. Here is a list of ongoing and recent archaeological projects affiliated with the Institute. BIAA also grants fellowships for archaeological research in Turkey.
- Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatolienne. There is plenty of information on the French archaeological missions in Turkey in that page.
- Deutsche Archaeologische Institut Istanbul. Again you can get to German-related archaeological project information there.
- The Netherlands Historical and Archaeological Institute, Istanbul: "a non-profit making academic research institute based in Istanbul and is affiliated with the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), which is based at Leiden University in the Netherlands. They have a good library in Istanbul.
- TAY Project. Attempting to create a collaborative chronological database/inventory of archaeological sites in Turkey.
- American Journal of Archaeology articles on Turkey, including the Archaeology in Turkey, 2004-2005 newsletter (AJA 111.2, 2007). British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara's publication Anatolian archaeology: reports on research conducted in Turkey (1996-2010) is available at the Rockefeller Library.
The QuarryScapes Project: conservation of ancient stone quarry landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- TAÇDAM: Centre for Research and Assessment of the Historic Environment at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. TAÇDAM's mission is to motivate undertakings of salvage archaeology and documentation of historical environment for at-risk areas.
- Gordion Archaeological Project at Yassihoyuk, Turkey: A Phrygian city in Central Anatolia.
- Kerkenes Dag Project: Archaeological survey and excavations of an Iron age mountain-top settlement in the East-Central Anatolian plateau. Usually open to new graduate and undergraduate students to work as volunteers.
- Euchaita/Avkat Archaeological Project, Princeton University (now complete).
- Göksu Archaeological Project: archaeological survey located in a remote area of the Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey, between the modern cities of Mut and Karaman.
- Kilise Tepe: Rescue Excavation in the Göksu Valley, Turkey. (An interesting report from the site: Contextual Analysis of the Use of Space at Two Near Eastern Bronze Age Sites, Part 3: The Excavations at Kilise Tepe (1994-98) by J. N. Postgate (1998).)
- Çatalhöyük Excavation. Neolithic settlement in central Turkey.
- Ziyarettepe Project: excavations of an Early Iron Age/Assyrian site in SE Turkey.
- Aphrodisias Project. Roman-period city in ancient Caria, SW Turkey, which was famous in antiquity for its sanctuary of Aphrodite and its marble sculptors. New York University has conducted extensive excavations since 1961, since 1995 with the collaboration of Oxford University. Often accepts graduate and undergraduate students if they are good draftsmen (esp. architects).
- Archaeological Exploration of Sardis. Lydian site 60 miles east of Izmir. An interdisciplinary program of excavation and research jointly sponsored by the Harvard University Art Museums and Cornell University.
Participating an Archaeological Project in Turkey
International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry in Turkey (see the 42nd meeting's website) is a huge gathering of archaeologists who work in Turkey. It usually meets in a major city in Turkey during the last weekend of May. By Turkish antiquities law, all excavations, surveys and other archaeological projects are required to report at this meeting. So it is often the best place to arrange for your prospective field project.
The permit applications for all archaeological projects are submitted to the Turkish Ministry of Culture at the end of December, and all projects need to have the list of their participants by then. Therefore if you are planning to join a team in the summer, make sure to be in touch with the director of the project way before December.
Permit Applications for Museum Research
If, as a graduate student, you need to apply for a research permit for working at any of the Turkish museums, you will need apply to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums individually. The approval for such research actually comes from each local museum itself. Therefore, going and meeting the museum employees prior to your permit application will help tremendously. Here is ARIT's page on Recommended Procedures for Requesting a Permit to Conduct Research in Turkey .
Financial Support for Fieldwork
See Where can you find funding on our Fieldwork Opportunities page, as well as the ARIT and ASOR pages linked above.
Based on resources compiled by Omur Harmansah in 2007