Required Courses

SA 501 Theory in Archaeology

SA 505 Geoarchaeology

SA 510 Spatial Analysis in Archaeology

SA 512 Environmental Archaeology

SA 560 Landscape Archaeology

SA 566 Current Approaches in Archaeological Research

SA 597 Research Methods and Ethics in Archaeology (NC)

SA 598 Field Methods in Archaeology I (NC)

SA 600 Advanced Seminar in Settlement Archaeology (NC)

SA 699 Thesis (NC)

Elective Courses (Selection of at least one course from each group below is required)

Theory and Interpretation (Group 1)

SA 518 Cultural Anthropology

SA 561 Issues in Archaeological Heritage Management

SA 562 Issues in Archaeology. Power, Politics and Ethnicity

SA 563 Social Representations in Archaeology. The Cognitive Approach

SA 564 Advanced Issues in Anatolian Archaeology

Practice (Group 2)

SA 502 Artefact Analysis and Quantification

SA 506 Workshop in Settlement Archaeology

SA 514 GIS Applications in Settlement Archaeology

SA 531 Experimental Archaeology

ARCH 482 Conservation of Archaeological Sites

ARME 540 Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Objects

ARME 541 Archaeological Materials and Their Properties

GEOE 528 Remote Sensing

GEOE 560 Rocks and Minerals in Archaeological Studies

Environment and Settlement (Group 3)

SA 503 Anatolian Archaeology

SA 509 Human Biological and Cultural Evolution: Archaeological Approaches, Theory and Interpretation

SA 527 Aerial Archaeology

SA 528 Landscape Analysis for Archaeologists

SA 565 Domestic Archaeology

AH 521 Themes on Ancient Domestic Architecture

AH 535 Seminar in Greek Architecture

AH 536 Seminar in Roman Architecture

AH 543 Anatolian Seljuk Architecture (11-14th Centuries)

AH 655 Spaces and Practices of Displaying the Past

ARCH 422 Classical Antiquity in Anatolia

CP 517 Issues in Urban Archaeology


SA 560 Landscape Archaeology

While archaeological data has to be recorded as a fixed entity in space and time, the reality is that the human encounter with the landscape has cultural dimensions that are quite fluid and complex. Archaeology provides unique insight to understand the cultural construction of landscapes in terms of people's sense of place, time, power, memory, imagination and identity. Therefore, throughout the course we will be surveying theories and methods that will bridge the gap between the physical reality of data and the cultural logic behind the people's relationship to their surroundings.

SA 561 Issues in Archaeological Heritage Management

"Heritage" is a concept that is constructed at the intersection of the global, national and local politics. This course introduces students to this contestation and the ambigous nature of the concept, while it attempts to anchore the practice of archaeological heritage management in the ethics and responsibilities of the archaeologist.

SA 562 Issues in Archaeology, Power, Politics and Ethnicity

Archaeological evidence, especially deriving from the Classical period, is often very generous in providing us with information on exercise of power, sometimes by individuals and at other times by groups of people, the role of power politics in the form and function of settlements, and not so generous but still informative on questions of identity. While the archaeological data opens a window into the past applications of power, politics and ethnicity, we archaeologists add yet another perspective to the study of ancient settlements with our own biases originating from the quiet power struggles and rejuvenated national identities of our times. In this course, these two perspectives, one from the past into the future and the other from today into the past will be examined through their impact on ancient settlements and our perception of them today.

SA 563 Social Representations in Archaeology, the Cognitive Approach

The course contains two parts. Different approaches and methods of the cognitive archaeology will be discussed in theoretical part. The second shows samples from Neolithic Period to the Late Bronze Age and includes ethnographical and historical samples. An emphasis is on the analysis of settlement structures. The goal of the course is to impart the basics of the cognitive archaeology with regard to social representations.

SA 564 Advanced Issues in Anatolian Archaeology

The course is aimed to develop students' critical abilities through intensive study of current issues in Anatolian archaeology. Archaeological theory such as "explanations of culture change" and relationship between "ethnicity and "material culture" will be approached through case studies, partially in a seminar format.

SA 565 Domestic Archaeology

The lecture has the main emphasis on the reconstruction of activities in houses/settlements and the interpretation of archaeological findings (Neolithic to Early Iron Age, approximately 8000-800 BC cal.).

SA 566 Current Approaches in Archaeological Research

This course aims to prepare the students for the PhD qualification exam and is directed towards reviewing archaeological research by focusing on critical evaluation of contemporary theories and methods. It aims to equip students with the tools of studying a topic comprehensively to develop their own research techniques and interpretations.