Dismantling Ivory Towers: Archaeology, Conservation and Community Engagement in Turkey

Tuesday 19 February 2019, 5.30PM to 18:45

Speaker(s): B. Nilgün Öz

Inclusiveness and community-based conservation are increasingly being recognized as intrinsic to archaeology and heritage conservation while local involvement in the conservation and monitoring of archaeological sites is considered to have great potential in generating a sense of ownership in local communities. In Turkey, there are growing efforts to engage communities in the conservation of archaeological sites, more commonly accomplished through public meetings during long-term archaeological excavations with a growing tendency towards confidence building, empowerment and regional development as part of a heritage management approach.

In this context, this presentation aims to explore community-focused projects that take place during archaeological excavations in Turkey, identify problems and opportunities for conservation, and discuss the impact of such projects on site conservation. By examining projects carried out at a number of foreign-run excavations in Turkey, including Çatalhöyük, Kaman-Kalehöyük, Gordion, Sardis, Hattusha and Pergamon, the presentation will raise various questions on issues such as viability of such projects, funding sources, professionals involved, and the impact of state regulations, as well as connecting with ‘foreign’ communities.




Dr. B. Nilgün Öz is trained as a conservation architect (METU) and has been working on various aspects of heritage conservation, primarily in Turkey, for almost twenty years. She has undertaken fieldwork at several excavations and surveys, and worked on various conservation projects for universities, architectural practices and NGOs concerning archaeological sites, World Heritage Sites and historic urban areas. In 2010-11, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and in 2015-16 she held the position of BIAA-ANAMED Cultural Heritage Management fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul. Her PhD focused on the conservation practices at foreign-run archaeological excavations in Turkey, concentrating on 19 foreign-run excavations over a period of 35 years (1979-2014). She is an expert member of ICOMOS Turkey and ICAHM.



Location: K/159

Admission: Free

Email: lmd527@york.ac.uk