Hitit Universitesi (Corum)
Research Title: Mersin-Yumuktepe during the 2nd Millennium BC: A Reanalysis of its Middle and Late Bronze Age Levels
After studying History at the University of Nantes, Eric Jean studies Archaeology at the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne, and specializes in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, particularly on the Hittites. He lives in Turkey since 1996 and obtains Turkish citizenship in 2012. He works as a researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (Istanbul) between 1996-1999 and as a lecturer at Galatasaray University between 2002-2011. Shortly after defending his PhD entitled “Societies and powers in Cilicia in the second millennium BC: Archaeological perspective”, he serves as a faculty member at the Archaeology Department of Artuklu University (Mardin) between 2011-2012. Since 2014, he is assistant professor in the Archaeology Department of Hitit University (Çorum), and serves there as the deputy director of the Hittite Civilization Research Centre. After participating in various excavations and surveys in France, Bulgaria, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and especially in Turkey, he joins the excavation of Mersin-Yumuktepe under the direction of Isabella Caneva (Del Salento University, Lecce, Italy) in 2012, and becomes its deputy director in 2014. Given the difficulties of interpreting the Hittite presence in Yumuktepe, the publication of the 2nd millennium BC levels is eagerly anticipated by the scientific community.
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