Olivier Henry

Olivier Henry is an archaeologist specializing in the cultural interactions in Anatolia, especially focusing on southwestern Anatolian Caria. After defending his PhD at the University of Bordeaux on Carian Funerary Architecture under the direction of P. Debord, he joined the University of Illinois as a lecturer where he taught Ancient Architecture. He then joined Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations as a post-doctorate in 2007. From 2010 until 2014 he was 'pensionnaire scientifique' at the Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA) in Istanbul, in charge of the archaeology department. In 2014, he was awarded with a Chair of Excellence at the Paris Science and Letters (PSL*) University, which he held for two years until 2016, and, in 2015 he was accorded the title of Docent in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Uppsala (Sweden).

Since 1998, he has been active in several archaeological expeditions in Turkey, particularly in Caria. In 2013 he succeeded Prof. Lars Karlsson as the head of the Labraunda Excavations.

He is the author of numerous publications, including books written or edited by him, such as Le mort dans la ville (Istanbul 2013), 4th Century Karia; Defining a Karian Identity under the Hekatomnids (Istanbul 2013), and Tumulus as Sema (Berlin 2016).

Research Interests

Labraunda and Caria; Ancient funerary practices; Cultural identity; Spaces of memory



Office Location

A Building 331-A


+90 312 290 2528

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