Research Topic: Çaltılar Höyük Archaeological Management Plan
As a conservation architect (METU BArch 1998; METU MSc Historic Preservation 2002), I have worked in the heritage conservation field on various projects across Turkey –including archaeological sites, World Heritage Sites and historic urban areas– for a number of organizations, including KA-BA Ltd, The Chamber of Architects of Turkey and METU. I have undertaken fieldwork at several excavations and surveys (including Magnesia, Çaltılar Höyük, Yalburt, and Gre-Amer Höyük). In 2010-11, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, UK (Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology). I am a member of a number of international heritage and archaeology organisations, including ICOMOS Turkey and the European Association of Archaeologists. I am in the process of finalizing my PhD at METU on the role of foreign-run excavations in the conservation of archaeological sites in Turkey. Project at the RCAC “Çaltılar Höyük Archaeological Management Plan” (CHAMP) aims to prepare a values-based and community-focused management plan for Çaltılar Höyük and its environs, a mound located in the Seydikemer district of Muğla Province. Çaltılar Höyük has been researched in 2008-14 during the joint archaeological survey of the universities of Bristol (UK), Liverpool (UK) and Uludağ (TR). In addition to its archaeological goals, the project sought to engage and collaborate with the local community. This survey also led to the EU-financed “Illuminating the Land of Lights Project” carried out by the Fethiye Museum with the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery and Museum and its Department of Archaeology, to create heritage education resource centres in the rural districts of Muğla. These efforts have generated local expectation for research to continue, including future archaeological excavations, all of which require a framework for decision-making. Building on these existing relationships, the aim is to produce a management plan by bringing together all interest groups to determine the values of the site (tangible and intangible), create a joint vision for the site and thereby provide for the sustainable conservation of Çaltılar Höyük and environs.
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