13th March

Evening Lecture by Dr. Lee Clare (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Istanbul): “Who built Göbekli Tepe? Of Inspired individuals and charismatic leaders (including a summary of recent fieldwork)”

Time and Location: 17:30, Room FBB 22


In this lecture, we return to the much debated question surrounding the existence of an invisible (?) social elite at Göbekli Tepe. If such an elite did exist, who were they, what was the source of their influence, and why were the special buildings so crucial to their success? In this context, the new discoveries from recent fieldwork (2021-2023) will be presented.

Short Biography

Dr. Lee Clare is responsible for the coordination of the Göbekli Tepe Project. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Cologne in 2005, majoring in prehistoric archaeology. Following the completion of his PhD in 2013, which focused Early Holocene climate-culture interactions in the Eastern Mediterranean, he joined the Orient Department of the DAI as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2015 he took on the position of research coordinator of the DFG long-term project at Göbekli Tepe, and in 2019 moved to the DAI’s Istanbul Department where he is now acting consultant for prehistoric archaeology. His areas of academic interest include Neolithisation and Neolithic dispersal processes, Early-Middle Holocene absolute chronologies, culture-climate interaction, prehistoric conflict and cognitive evolution.

7th February

Evening Lecture by Prof. Jeroen Poblome (KU Leuven, Belgium): It’s about time! Reflections on the role of chronology in archaeology

Time and Location: 17:30, Room H-232


In methods, practices and concepts, the discipline of Archaeology remains in full motion. Ever newer computational modelling techniques are being unleased. Ever more detailed methods of spatial analysis are being employed. While most of these developments are excellent, Archaeology starts running some risk. As space and time have always been the most important dimensions of analysis for the discipline, the field of space is doing fine, but that of time not. From revisiting a range of vexed issues in archaeological chronology, the lecture wishes to raise awareness to start considering the role of chronology in archaeology with renewed interest.

Short Biography

Prof. Jeroen Poblome teaches Roman archaeology, archaeological chronology and the study of past economies at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has been involved in fieldwork projects in Belgium, Greece and Turkey. His research interest include ancient pottery, crafts and trade, the people in urban studies and the role of complexity and socio-ecological approaches in archaeology.


8 – 10 December:

Conference: Contextualizing the Neolithic: Regional Approaches to Sedentism and Domestication in the Konya Plain

Here more info about Program and Abstracts and how to register to the event.

30th November – 1st December:

10th IFEA Archaeological Meetings

Black Sea crossings. Maritime networks from Hellenistic to Byzantines times

Event organized by the French Institute of Anatolian Students (IFEA), Bilkent University, SRII, Louvre Museum, the Institut GABAM (Koç University), the Institute KUDAR (Koç University) and the support of ANAMED (Koç University), the foundation IPLI and the Laboratory for Studies on Rhetorics.

Venue: ANAMED Auditorium, İstiklal Caddesi No: 181 Merkez Han 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

23rd – 24th November:

Pigments, Colors and Ideas

International Symposium and Exhibitions

For info about the program of the symposium visit the website

13th November:

Evening Lecture by Hugh Elton (Professor, Trent University, Canada): Alahan: How a Roman City in Isauria Related to its Villages

Time and Location: 17:30, C-Block Amphi (Faculty of Economics) or Zoom Registration: bilkentarkeo@gmail.com

1st November:

Evening Lecture by Felix Pirson (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Istanbul): Meter-Kybele in the Pergamon Micro-region: Formation, Functions, and Transformations.

Hybrid: C-Block Amphi (Faculty of Economics) or Zoom Registration: bilkentarkeo@gmail.com

4 – 6 May:

Conference: Integrated Approaches to the Political Geography of Southern Anatolia, 1650-550 BCE

Hybrid: Room A 130 (Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology) or Zoom. Registration: https://pgsa.hittites.org/

Conference booklet

26th April:

Evening Lecture by Peter Talloen (Assistant professor at İsparta University, Director of the Sagalassos Excavations): Approaching identity through space and material culture: The case study of the Rock Sanctuary at Sagalassos (SW Turkey).

Time and Location: 17:30, C-Block Amphi

19th April:

Evening Lecture by Barbora Weissova (Assistant professor at the Institute of Archaeological Studies Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany): Archaeological Archives in the Digital Era. Attika 2.0

Time and Location: 17:30, Room H-232

31st March:

Bilkent Archaeology Day: « Grounding Selves: Archaeological Approaches to Past»

Hybrid Colloquium, C-Block Amphi or registration required: bilkentarkeo@gmail.com

Speakers: M. Kadıoğlu, İ. Gerçek, L. Zavagno and I. Jevtic.

21st March

Evening Lecture by Prof. Bert Smith (Aphrodidias excavations, director), Case of the Past: Buildings and statues at Aphrodisias in later antiquity, AD 200-600.

Time and Location: 17:30, C-Block Amphi


14th December

Zoom Lecture by Prof. James Osborne (University of Chicago): Uncooperative Nation-States: The Syro-Anatolian Culture Complex.

Registration: bilkentarkeo@gmail.com

23rd November

Lecture by Samuel Andrew Hardy (Heritage Management Organization): Treasure-Hunters and Organized Criminals: Looters and Traffickers of Antiquities in Turkey.

The lecture will be followed by a Panel with Zeynep Boz (Ministry of Culture and Tourism), Gürcan Türkoğlu (Ambassador, R.) and Işılay Gürsu (BIAA) as a moderator.

Time and Location: 17:30, C Blok Auditorium