Main Collections

Epigraphical (Squeeze) Collection
The Institute houses a unique collection of paper squeezes of inscriptions (particularly milestones) from all over Turkey. This collection was assembled largely by David French and in many cases the original stone inscriptions are lost or destroyed so that the squeezes form the only surviving evidence. The inscriptions are mainly in Greek. An electronic catalogue accompanies the squeezes.

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Photographic Collection
The archives of the Institute hold more than 40.000 pictures in various formats (slides, negative films, prints) that depict archaeological monuments, sites, archaeological artefacts, landscapes and people in the region that is today modern Turkey. The oldest part of this collection goes back to the beginnings of the 20th century with the photographs of John Garstang's surveys of Hittite and Classical Anatolia, while the bulk of the pictures has been taken from the '50s to the early '90s mainly under the projects sponsored by the BIAA.

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Pottery Collection
The Institute houses a collection of pottery assembled between the 1940s and the 1970s. The majority is fragmentary pottery (and occasional stone items) from surface surveys, such as the Central Anatolian Survey, but there is also sample material from some important excavations carried out in Turkey under the auspices of the British Institute such as Mersin, Hacılar, Beycesultan and Catal Höyük; and some obsidian from Ashikli Höyük. There are over 1000 boxes of material organised into 3 broad categories: survey, excavation and published material; as well as a 'study' and 'slide' collection. All periods are represented, from the Neolithic to the Ottoman and although not all types of pottery from Anatolia may be represented, examples of the vast majority of types can be found.
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Bone and Plant Collection
The BIAA laboratory houses extensive reference collections and has suitable equipment to support a wide range of environmental research. Three rooms are reserved for archaeozoology, for palaeoanthracology and for archaeobotany. There are 4 major collections in the laboratory: the seed collection has 2792 samples; the herbarium collection with 2568 specimens; the wood collection which has 80 specimens of modern Turkish trees and shrubs; and the bone collection with 102 skeletons (complete and partial) of mammals and birds. Microscopes, measuring devices, scales, geological sieves, a riffle box and computers are available. Research is further supported by a large section in the library of the Institute devoted to environmental studies. This includes both reference books and atlases as well as reports, conference proceedings, Ph.D. theses and other publications covering work done in Turkey and a large part of the Middle East, the Black Sea and the Balkans. Explore Bone and Plant Collection

Other Collections

Turkish Series Bibliographic Database
The Turkish Series Bibliographic database contains list of articles published in most of the well-known Turkish academic journals and proceedings, namely Kazı Sonuçları Toplantısı, Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı, Arkeometri Sonuçları Toplantısı, Müze Çalışmaları Ve Kurtarma Kazıları Sempozyumu,Türk Tarih, Arkeologya ve Etnografya Dergisi, Türk Arkeoloji Dergisi. PDF versions of all articles from the annual Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı, Arkeometri Sonuçları Toplantısı and Kazı Sonuçları Toplantısı are maintained on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and downloadable from the links provided.
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BABSI - The British Academy Black Sea Initiative
The British Academy Black Sea Initiative [BABSI] began as a three-year programme of research in the Black Sea region sponsored by the British Academy and coordinated by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). The aim of the initiative was to lay the groundwork for much longer-term developmet of study in the region. Established in the spring of 2002, this first stage of BABSI came to a conclusion at the end of March 2005. However, the British Institute at Ankara has continued to support elements of the Initiative.

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