Ph.D. Settlement Archaeology

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.