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The Boncuklu Project, Turkey; Investigating the Spread of Farming in the Near East

Location: Turkey

June 30, 2013 to August 3, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Institute for Field Research, University of Liverpool, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Dr. Douglas Baird, University of Liverpool

Project Description

Turkey has evidence of one of the earliest transitions from hunting and gathering to village farming in the world, but the early Neolithic of central Turkey is poorly understood. The Boncuklu project is investigating the appearance of the first villages and farmers in central Turkey. At Boncuklu we are also exploring the origins of the remarkable symbolism seen in paintings and reliefs at the nearby famous Neolithic town of Çatalhöyük. Well preserved decorated Neolithic houses and artifacts are notable features of Boncuklu. Working alongside experts in the analysis of evidence from early farming communities and professional excavators, students will learn a range of archaeological research techniques and methods and learn about the wider context of Anatolian archaeology.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay based at the Boncuklu Project excavation centre. The dig house has good communal facilities with ktichen, several showers and toilets, washing machine, and laboratories. There is outdoor covered dinning and social space.
Meals are provided during workdays (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Students are responsible for their own meals on days off, if staying at the compound food is available but on a self-catered basis. If on independent trip on a day off students are repsonsible for their own food.

All inclusive tuition

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
California State University of Northridge
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units
TBA unlikely to exceed $5,000


Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles
Recommended Bibliography: 

Baird D 2011 The Late Epipalaeolothic, Neolothic and Chalcolithic of the Anatolian Plateau, 13000-4000 BC calibrated. In D Potts ed. Blackwell's Companion to Near Eastern Archaeology

Baird D, Fairbairn A, Martin L and Middleton C 2011 The Boncuklu Project; the origins of sedentism, cultivation and herding in central Anatolia, in Ozdoğan and Başgelen eds The Neolithic of Turkey; new excavations, new discoveries. Arkeoloji ve Sanat.

Baird D 2011 Pınarbaşı; from Epipalaeolithic camp-site to sedentarising village in central Anatolia, in Ozdoğan and Başgelen eds The Neolithic  of Turkey; new excavations, new discoveries. Arkeoloji ve Sanat.