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Archaeology in Turkey: Seyitömer Höyük

Location: Kütahya , Turkey

June 30, 2014 to August 8, 2014

Session dates: 
June 30-August 8, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon archaeology_in_turkey_2014_.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



SUNY Buffalo, Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, and Dumlupinar University

Project Director:

Project Co-Directors: Professor Nejat Bilgen (Dumlupinar University) and Professor Peter F. Biehl (SUNY Buffalo); Project Field Director: Laura Harrison, MA (SUNY Buffalo)

Project Description

Project Dates: June 30-August 8, 2014

Location and Project Description: The archaeological site of Seyitömer Höyük is located within the Kütahya region of western Turkey, 350 kilometers south of Istanbul, at an important juncture between the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean worlds. The development of advanced metal technology fueled commerce between these distant regions as early as 3,000 B.C., leading to the establishment of important trade centers linking east and west.

The best-preserved example of such a center is Seyitömer Höyük, where thousands of artifacts and dozens of pottery and textile workshops paint a vivid picture of village life from the Early Bronze Age through the Roman period. The 2014 field season will offer students an opportunity to learn archaeological method and theory in a hands-on environment, while excavating part of this extraordinary Early Bronze Age settlement.

This field school provides an intensive and rewarding archaeological field and lab experience for graduate and undergraduate students interested in archaeology. The goal is to introduce college students to the techniques of archaeological site location, artifact identification, excavation, mapping, and material analysis in a fun but rigorous academic setting. Students will locate, excavate, document and interpret a major archaeological site in western Turkey while learning professional techniques and using the latest technology available including a laser transit and total station.

Excursions and Extracurricular Activities: his field school will introduce students to the vibrant cultural landscape of Kütahya, past and present. Students will learn about the exquisite glazed ceramics that this region is famous for during an excursion to the Kütahya Tile Museum, and will view a spectacular panorama of the modern city from the Kütahya Castle. They will visit the Kütahya Archaeological Museum to see artifacts found at Seyitömer Höyük, and will take day trips to the Eskisehir and Ayfon archaeology museums, to gain a broader perspective on cultural activity in the region. Students will also visit the ancient Roman city of Aizanoi, with remains of a temple, stadium, and bath complex.

Qualified guides and lecturers will lead all excursions, offering expert education and insight into the history and culture of Turkey. The lecture program consists of presentations, seminars, and discussions with local and international specialists and includes all facets of archaeology, anthropology, and history. Students will be exposed to the rich and fascinating culture of Turkey, and have the opportunity to meet scholars and students as they participate in this truly international, interdisciplinary and multi-cultural program. 

Cultural Heritage Management: The archaeological site of Seyitömer Höyük is situated on top of a 12 million ton coal reserve. Beginning in 2015, a private company will extract this coal, and the archaeological site will be permanently destroyed. Students in this field school will have the opportunity excavate and document archaeological material from this threatened site, which will make a lasting contribution to archaeology. In addition, they will gain firsthand experience with the ethical issues surrounding cultural heritage management. 

Admission Requirements: Applications are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any accredited college or university with an interest in anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural heritage studies, history, museum studies, art, or related fields. A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required for admission into the program.

Estimated Costs: All students who participate in the Seyitömer Höyük Excavation Project will pay a Program Fee of $1,700 that covers their room and board at the Excavation House, a round trip private charter bus to/from Istanbul, and local bus transportation for weekend excursions. Delicious, traditional Turkish meals are provided three times per day at the Excavation House during the week (M-F). On weekends, students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. Additional expenses include round trip airfare, passport and visa fees (if applicable), health insurance, and personal expenses.

Deadline for Applications: November 15, 2014

For further details and to register, please contact Laura Harrison at

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Bronze Age

Archaeological Excavation and Cultural Heritage Management in Practice

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience necessary

Room and Board Arrangements

During their time in Turkey, students will engage in a rich, multicultural experience while living, dining, and studying at the Excavation House adjacent to the archaeological site, which is 10km away from the city of Kütahya. Turkish cooks will prepare 3 delicious, traditional Turkish meals per day. Students will have the opportunity to make regular trips to Kütahya for shopping and cultural activities, in addition to the scheduled excursions.

$340/week; $1,700 total

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Laura Harrison
380 MFAC, Ellicott Complex
Recommended Bibliography: 

Bilgen, A. N., & Dumlupinar Universitesi. (2011). Seyitomer Hoyuk kazisi on raporu, 2006-2010. Kutahya: Dumlupinar Universitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi Arkeoloji Bolumu.

Efe, T., & Turkteki, M. (2012a). Inland Western Anatolia Region: Introduction. In Across: The Cyclades and Western Anatolia during the 3rd Millennium BC (pp. 186–191). Istanbul: Sabanci Universitesi, Sakip Sabanci Muzesi.

Efe, T., & Turkteki, M. (2012b). Inter-Regional Relations and Trade in the Early Bronze Age. In Across: The Cyclades and Western Anatolia during the 3rd Millennium BC (pp. 232–233). Istanbul: Sabanci Universitesi, Sakip Sabanci Muzesi.

Fletcher, A., & Greaves, A. M. (2007). Transanatolia: Bridging the Gap between East and West in the Archaeology of Ancient Anatolia [Introduction]. Anatolian Studies57, British Institute at Ankara.

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Schoop, U.-D. (2010). Some thoughs on social and economic development in Western Anatolia during the fourth and third millenia BC. In S. Bilgen, A. Nejat, Von Den Hoff, Ralf, Sandalci, Serpil, Silek (Ed.), The IIIrd International Symposium of Archaeology, Kutahya 8th-9th March 2010 (pp. 29–45). Kutayha: The IIIrd International Symposium of Archaeology.