GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCESSETTLEMENT ARCHAEOLOGY


Prof. Dr. Deniz Burcu Erciyas (Chair)

 

 
 

       



Room No: 417 (Faculty of Architecture New Building)

 

Phone: (210) 6213

 

E-mail: berciyas(at)metu.edu.tr       

                 


Research Interests: 

  


Hellenistic period in Anatolia, Archaeology of the Black Sea, Archaeological Method and Theory, Byzantine Archaeology, Seljukid Archaeology, Community Archaeology and Public Involvement.



Education:



B.S. Bilkent University (1994)

 

M.A. University of Cincinnati (1997)

 

Ph.D. University of Cincinnati (2001)

 

 

Research Projects: 

 

 

2017 METU Scentific Research Project Fund  BAP-08-11-2017-030 "Komana Koruma ve Geliştirme Eylem Araştırması: Arkeolojik Araştırmaların Toplumsal Süreçle Bütünleştirilmeleri Üzerine bir Deneme" Researcher

 

2017 METU Scentific Research Project Fund  BAP-08-11-2017-028 "Needs Assessment Project for Setting up an "Heritage in Conflict Zones Network" Researcher

 

2015- 2016 METU Scentific Research Project Fund (BAP-08-11-2015-001) “Lefke (Kuzey Kıbrıs) Osmanlı dönemi kent dokusu ile Kıbrıs Maden İşletmesi (CMC) konut dokusu ilişkilerinin araştırılması ve koruma değerlerinin tespiti” Researcher

 

2015- 2017 METU Scentific Research Project Fund (BAP-07-03-2015-013) “Tokat'ta Bizans'dan Osmanlı'ya Kırsal Yerleşimler” Leader

 

2013-2015 PLATEAU: Palaeolithic Populations in Armenia and Turkey: Expanding Archaeological Understanding (led by Philip Glauberman) Coordinator

 

2014 METU Scentific Research Project Fund (BAP -07.03.2014.022) “Hamamtepe Höyüğü Geç Bizans/Erken Beylik Kale Yerleşiminin Coğrafi Bilgi Sistemleri Kullanılarak Anlaşılması” Yürütücü (Mustafa N. Tatbul Doktora tezi araştırması)

 

2012-2014 METU Scentific Research Project Fund (BAP -07.03.2009.09) “Komana Archaeological Explorations, Remote Sensing and Analysis of Materials”  Leader

 

2010-2012 The Support Program for Scientific and Technological Research Projects (1001) “Komana Archaeological Research Project” (109K357) Leader

 

2009 Tübitak Scientific Meetings Grant Programmes (2223) “Güneydoğu Anadolu Araştırmaları” Head of the Symposium Organization Committe 

 

2009-2011 METU Scientific Research Project Fund (BAP -07.03.2009.09) “Research and Excavation at Komana” Leader

 

2008 Tübitak The Support Program for Science and Society Projects (4002) “Archaeology Lab” Advisor

 

2006 TÜBİTAK Short Term R&D Funding Program  Komana Archaeological and  

Geophysical Research Project, Leader

 

2004-2008 METU Scentific Research Project Fund (BAP- 04-07-03-03) Komana  

Pontika Survey, Leader

 

2002-2003 METU Scentific Research Project Fund (BAP- 03-07-03-08) Book Project The Dionysos Temple at Teos (PhD Thesis by Mustafa Uz) 


Komana Kazıları

 

www.komana.org



Taught Courses:

 

 

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 504 Anatolian Archaeology II

 

Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods in Anatolia are discussed through archaeological discoveries and major sites. Architecture as well as material culture are introduced to students with no background in Archaeology

  

ARME 531 General Archaeology

 

The goal of this course is to familiarise the student with the theoretical and methodological developments in the field of archaeology.  In order to achieve this the course will include readings from several books chosen as textbooks and individual articles or chapters from other sources.  The course will not identify and discuss issues in the archaeology of any one part of the world or any one period but will use examples from diverse sources in order to better illustrate the issues discussed. 

  

CRP 211 City in History

 

General introduction to theoretical and methodological problems in historical analysis of cities and urbanization; the supply of changing spatial and physical pattern of cities in relation to changing socio-economic structure of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods in Anatolia in comparison with early Medieval Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe.


SA 501 Theory in Archaeology

 

The goal of this course is to familiarise the student with the theoretical developments in the field of archaeology.  The intellectual foundations of archaeological research and how material culture is investigated, analyzed and interpreted will be discussed. Current trends, problems in theory of archaeology, modern interpretative techniques constitute the main issues at stake. The interdisciplinarity of archaeological study will be emphasized through both theoretical and methodological approaches.



SA 566 Current Approaches in Archaeology


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.




Selected Publications:

 

D.Burcu Erciyas 2017 "Komana’da 3 Sikke, 3 Bağlam, 3 Özne," Arkeolojik Şeyler (ed.) G. Duru, K. Eren, E. Koparal, 143-152. Ege Yayınları.

 

D.Burcu Erciyas and M.N. Tatbul 2016 “A Preliminary Study on Roman Komana” The Black Sea in Light of New Archaeological Data and Theorethical Approaches 239-250. Archaeopress Publishing Ltd., Oxford.

 

Erciyas, D. B. ve Tatbul, M. N. 2015 Komana’da Ortaçağ Yerleşimi / The Medieval Settlement at Komana. Ege Yayınları, İstanbul.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2014 "Invisible Change: Archaeological Practices in Turkey in the New Millennium." Turkey and the Politics of National Identity: Social, Economic and Cultural Transformation 270-287. IB Tauris, London.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2014 "A Middle Byzantine Citadel at Comana." In: Bekker-Nielsen, T. (ed.) Space, Place and Identity in Northern Anatolia. Geographica Historia Band 29, 215-225. Franz Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden. 

 

Erciyas, D. B. ve Sökmen E. (ed.) 2014 Arkeolojide Bölgesel Çalışmalar YAS 4. Ege Yayınları, İstanbul. 

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2013 "Interdisciplinarity in Archaeology and the Impact of Sagalassos on the Komana Research Project." In: J.Poblome (ed.) Exempli Gratia: Sagalassos, Marc Waelkens and Interdisciplinary Archaeology. Leuven University Press.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2013 "Komana’da bir Ortaçağ İşliği: Bizans’dan Danişmendliler’e Tokat’ın Değişen Çehresi." Güneş Karadeniz’den Doğar. Sümer Atasoy’a Armağan Yazılar, 141-159. Hel Yayıncılık, Ankara.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2012 "Komana ve Çevresinde Çağlar Boyu Yerleşim." Türkiye'de Arkeometrinin Ulu Çınarları. Prof.Dr. Ay Melek Özer ve Prof.Dr. Şahinde Demirci'ye Armağan. 163-171. Homer Kitabevi, İstanbul

 

Erciyas, D. B. ve Sökmen E. 2010 "An Overview of Byzantine Period Settlements around Comana Pontica in North-Central Turkey." Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Vol.34 No.2 (2010), 119-141.

 

Erciyas, D. B. (ed.) 2010  Güneydoğu Anadolu Araştırmaları Sempozyumu Bildirileri YAS 3. Ege Yayınları, İstanbul.

 

Erciyas, D. B. ve Çinici A. 2010 "The Hexagonal Basin at Komana: A Preliminary Architectural Study." METU JFA 2010/1 (27:1), 281-296.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2009 "Comana Pontica: A City or a Sanctuary?" In: Mithridates VI and the Pontic Kingdom,  BSS9 Aarhus, Denmark, 11-13 January 2007. 

 

Erciyas, D. B. (ed.) 2008 Marmara Araştırmaları Sempozyumu Bildirileri YAS 2. Ege Yayınları, İstanbul.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2007 "Cotyora, Cerasus, Trapezus." In: Ancient Greek Colonies in the Black Sea 2. Dimitrios V. Grammenos and Elias K. Petropoulos (ed.) British Archaeological Reports 1675, Archaeopress, Oxford.

 

Erciyas, D. B. ve Koparal E. (ed.) 2006 Karadeniz Araştırmaları Sempozyum Bildirileri YAS 1. Ege Yayınları, İstanbul.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2006 Wealth, Aristocracy, and Royal Propaganda Under The Hellenistic Kingdom of Mithradatids in Central Black Sea Region in Turkey, Colloquia Pontica Vol.12, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden.

 

Erciyas, D. B. 2005 "Ethnic Identity and Archaeology in the Black Sea Region of Turkey." Antiquity, Vol.79, No.303, 179-190.




Thesis Supervised:



Completed thesis supervised:


2017 Tatbul, M.N. "Identifying Medieval Komana in the 12th-13th Centuries through Spatial Analysis of Archaeological Data with a Multidisciplinary Approach" Şubat 2017, PhD, Middle East Technical University, Supervisor with E. Pişkin as Co-Supervisor.


2016 Alpay, A. I. “Orientations of Monumental Architectural Remains at Kerkenes Dağ” MSc., Middle East Technical University, Supervisor.


2016 Sökmen, E. “Surveying the Pontic Landscape Through the Fortresses of the Mithradatids” PhD, Middle East Technical University, Supervisor.


2009 Kocabıyık, C. “Chiliocomum: The ‘’Plain Of A Thousand Villages’’ Examining The Rural Settlements In Nw Of Amasya During The Hellenistic And The Roman Periods By Using Gis” MSc., Middle East Technical University, Supervisor.


2007 Terzi, E.  “The 19th Century Olive-Oil Industry in Ayvalık and its Impact on Settlement Pattern” MSc., Middle East Technical University, Supervisor.


2006 Akar, M. “The Kinet Höyük MBII Building The Levantine Palace Tradition in Eastern Cilicia” MSc., Middle East Technical University, Supervisor with M.Gates as Co-Supervisor.


2006 Ulusoy, D. “Archaeology of the Galatians at Ancyra from the Hellenistic Period Through the Roman Era” MSc., Middle East Technical University, Supervisor.


2006 Erdem, D. “Social Differentiation in Çayönü and Abu Hureyra Through Burial Customs and Skeletal Biology” Middle East Technical University, MSc., Supervisor with Halil Tekin.


2005 Sökmen, E. “The Temple States of Pontus: Comana Pontica and Zela”, Middle East Technical University, MSc., Supervisor.


2003 Dikkaya, F. “Settlement Patterns of Altınova in the Early Bronze Age”, MSc., Middle EastTechnical University, Supervisor.


2002 Koralp, I. “The Urban Progress in Western Asia Minor from the 5th to the 3rd Centuries B.C.: The Impact of the Socio-Economic and Political Divergence on Sardis, Miletus, and Halicarnassus”, MSc., Middle East Technical University, Supervisor.



Ongoing thesis supervision:


Ferhat Can INVESTIGATION OF IRON AGE SETTLEMENT PATTERNS AND CHANGES FROM LATE BRONZE AGE TO IRON AGE IN EASTERN CENTRAL ANATOLIA BY USING SURVEY DATA AND GIS


Ezgi Sevimli DATABASE DESIGN, ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA CLASSIFICATION AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS: A CASE STUDY FROM DATÇA, BURGAZ


Selin Gür UNDERSTANDING THE ROMANIZATION PROCESS IN ANATOLIA THROUGH EPIGRAPY

 

Hilal Küntüz EMERGENCE AND TRANSFORMATION OF RURAL CITADEL CITIES OF ANATOLIA IN 11. AND 12. CENTURIES

 

Hakan Çalışkan EMERGE OF ARCHAEOLOGY IN OTTOMAN EMPIRE

 

Hüseyin Burak Soy ART IN PUBLIC SPACE AND ITS EFFECTS ON URBAN ENVIRONMENT IN ANTIQUITY

 

Ayşe Batman INVESTIGATION OF SCULPTURES OF PONTUS KINGDOM OF THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD FROM THE PERSPECTIVES OF PROPAGANDA AND STYLE

 

Eda Nalçacı SOCIO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC REFLECTIONS ON VASE PAINTING UNDER THE TYRANNY OF PEISISTRATOS IN ATHENS



As Co-Advisor


Ceren İlter AN ORGANIZATION ATTEMPT ON LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: KOMANA/TOKAT (Urban Policy)

 

Canbek Altundal CHARACTERIZATION OF BYZANTINE POTTERY GLAZES FROM KOMANA (TOKAT) (Archaeometry)

 

Mehmet Bilgi Er PROVENANCE ANALYSIS OF BYZANTINE POTTERY FROM KOMANA (TOKAT) (Archaeometry)