JIAA Environmental Fieldcourses in Turkey 9th-20th July 2013

The Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology will host residential fieldcourses in archaeobotany and zooarchaeology in July 2013 taught by Dr Andrew Fairbairn (The University of Queensland, Australia) and Dr Levent Atıcı (The University of Nevada, Las Vegas). The 5 day residential courses, run over two consecutive weeks, aim to introduce students to the field recovery and analysis of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites using the excavation of Bronze and Iron Age strata at Kaman-Kalehöyük as a case study. The courses include a discussion of site recovery and sampling strategies, identification, quantification and interpretation via hands-on practical work in the extensive laboratories of the Japanese Institute. Students completing the course will receive certificates of attendance. Please read on for further details.

Archaeobotany Fieldcourse 9th-13th July 2013

Taught by Dr Andrew Fairbairn (The University of Queensland, Australia), this 5-day residential fieldcourse will introduce how archaeologists sample, recover and interpret plant remains from archaeological sites. This includes practical experience in sampling and flotation and a series of practical classes using samples from Kaman-Kalehöyük and the JIAA reference collection in the identification of key classes of plant remains encountered in archaeological sites including cereals, domestic legumes, fruits and other wild plant seeds. Seminars will also discuss approaches to interpretation and what archaeobotany can bring to the archaeological understanding of the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Zooarchaeology Fieldcourse 16th-20th July 2013

Taught by Dr. Levent Atici (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), this intensive field course will introduce the basic tenets of zooarchaeology and give students hands-on training and the ability to identify, document, analyze, interpret, and report archaeofaunal assemblages. Archaeological animal bone assemblages from Kaman-Kalehöyük and the modern reference collection housed at the JIAA Zooarchaeology Laboratory will be extensively used during integrated lectures and labs to address theoretical, methodological, and analytical issues that are significant in designing and carrying out zooarchaeological research.


The courses will be taught in English


The fieldcourses will take place at the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology near Kaman in Kirşehir Province, central Turkey. The JIAA has excellent facilities with its own laboratories, library, museum, Japanese garden and conference facilities. It is also the headquarters for the excavations of Kaman-Kalehöyük, Yassıhöyük and Büklükale archaeological sites.


Each course costs US$300 or you can register for both for $500. Registration includes accommodation, food and tuition. The courses are not assessed. Students will also be able to join a fieldtrip to Hattusha and Alacahöyük in the days off between the fieldcourses for an additional charge.


Places are limited and applicants include the following in their application:

  • brief Resume/CV (no longer than ½ side of A4)
  • statement of why they wish to join the Fieldcourse

Please note that all participants must be included in the research permit application to the Turkish government by the end of November 2012. Furthermore, foreign nationals will have to apply for a research visa before travelling to Turkey at their own cost (typically $50-$100).

Send applications to Deniz Erbesim by Oct 30th 2012 (d.erbisim@jiaa-kaman.org)