Archaeobotany Fieldcourse 8th-11th July 2015

Taught by Dr Andrew Fairbairn (The University of Queensland, Australia), this 4-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.


The fieldcourse is located at the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology ( near Kaman, in Kirşehir Province, central Turkey. the JIAA excavates the sites of Kaman-Kalehöyük, Yassıhöyük and Büklükale from their HQ, which includes extensive labs, a museum, Japanese garden and residence. It is reached by an hourly bus (1.5 to 2 hours) from Ankara Otogar (AŞTİ)


A course fee of $300 applies including accommodation and food at the JIAA residence. Students should arrive on the evening of the 7th at the JIAA and arrange to depart on Sunday 12th. An optional excursion to Hattusha and Alaca Höyük will be available for an additional fee on 12th July. Participants will have to complete the relevant permit forms and send to Tokyo by the end of November to fulfil Turkish visa requirements.

To apply:

Please send a brief CV detailing relevant experience and an expression of interest to Ms. Deniz Erbişim ( by November 21 2014.