Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Research Title: Ionian Landscapes: Politics, Practice, and New Insights
Dr. Koparal is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, İstanbul. She received her PhD degree in the Settlement Archaeology Program at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara with her research on “Urbanization Process and Spatial Organization in Klazomenian Khora from Early Iron Age to Roman Period.” She conducted post-doctoral research at University College London for spatial analysis of archaeological survey data from her project on the Urla-Çeşme peninsula. She is the co-director of Klazomenai Excavations and the project director of archaeological surveys on the Urla-Çeşme peninsula. Dr. Koparal specializes in landscape archaeology, historiographies of archaeology in Ionia, and community archaeology. She is one of the founders of the Theoretical Archaeology Group in Turkey and an organizer of TAG-Turkey meetings. She received a Newton Award in 2016 and conducted the project entitled “Unlocking the Ionian Landscape: Historic Landscapes of Urla-Çeşme Peninsula” in collaboration with the McCord Center for Landscape, Newcastle University. Her current research focuses on the history of Ionian archaeology and its impact on archaeological methodologies and approaches.
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