Peter Talloen studied Archaeology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. His doctoral research at the same university (PhD 2003) focused on the religious practices in ancient Pisidia (SW Türkiye) from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine period. During his postdoctoral study of the Christianisation of Pisidia at Leuven (2003-2006), he specialised in the Christianisation of space and material culture. After research fellowships of the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara (2011-2012) and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University in Istanbul (2012-2013) he returned to Leuven as a postdoctoral researcher (2013-2018), to study the urbanisation process at the city of Sagalassos, as well as the religious life of its inhabitants.

He has been Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Süleyman Demirel University in Isparta (2019-2023) and also holds a visiting professorship at Leuven University. As a long-standing member of the Sagalassos Project, he became the director of the excavations and restorations at the ancient city of Sagalassos in Southwest Türkiye in 2023.

Research Interests

The archaeology of cult and religion; the Christianisation of space and material culture in late Antiquity; the urbanisation process in ancient Anatolia; the production and use of terracotta figurines; forms of ancient sociability such as gaming and voluntary associations; ancient viticulture.