Environmental Archaeology Training Program (ENVARCH)

Date: 6-9 September 2019

Place: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Application Deadline: 15 April 2019

The program is designed to introduce participants to environmental archaeology broadly, including a survey of research questions and methods, and to explore in-depth two important subfields: archaeobotany and zooarchaeology. It will comprise lectures, hands-on practical instruction, and presentations by guest scholars.


  • Intermediate proficiency in English is recommended. Participants with only a beginner level of English are, however, still encouraged to apply. Teaching Assistants will be present throughout the program to facilitate participant comprehension. 
  • Participants at all education levels, from undergraduates to established researchers, are encouraged to apply.


  • Classes will take place from September 6th to 9th. These classes will include both theoretical discussions and practical applications (see: Preliminary Schedule).
  • The program will feature guest lecturer(s). (TBA)


All readings will be provided electronically. Study collections will be accessible during the course periods.


Müge Ergun (Koç University, ANAMED Fellow)

Müge Ergun is an archaeologist and archaeobotanist who holds a Ph.D. from Istanbul University’s Department of Prehistory and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University Doctoral School of Archaeology (co-tutelle, 2016), and an M.A. from Istanbul University’s Department of Prehistory (2009). Her research focuses on people-plant interactions, plant-based activities in daily and seasonal routines, and their effects on the economic and socio-cultural lives of communities, with a special interest in the beginnings of agriculture and the domestication process in Southwest Asia. She has recently been working on the projects focusing on early Neolithic communities from Central Anatolia (Aşıklı Höyük and Balıklı) and North Cyprus (Tatlısu- Çiftlikdüzü (Akanthou-Arkosykos)).

Hannah Lau (Koç University, ANAMED Fellow)

Hannah Lau is an anthropological archaeologist whose research uses zooarchaeological data to examine the relationship between ancient peoples’ animal management practices, the environment, and sociopolitical complexity. She is currently an Environmental Archaeology Fellow at ANAMED. She received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2016) where her work documented social and economic cooperation and coordination in agropastoral production among inhabitants at the Halaf period site of Domuztepe (ca. 6000–5450 BCE) in southeastern Turkey. Dr. Lau has fieldwork experience at a number of sites in the Near East and South Caucasus. In addition to her work in Turkey she has worked in Azerbaijan since 2009 in the Autonomous Republic of Naxçıvan and in Lerik Province in southeastern Azerbeijan.

Certificates and transcripts

ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program.


  • Participants are expected to stay in the ANAMED dorms. The classes also take place in the same building. 
  • Lunch is included. Students receive vouchers to be redeemed at a restaurant nearby.


Airfare, visa arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of each participant.


There are no fees for participation in this program. Each participant will receive a program scholarship.


Scholarships are provided by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED).

  • Program Scholarship

ANAMED will offer program scholarships to each admitted participant, selected by the program instructors based on merit. The scholarship covers full tuition, accommodation at ANAMED (single room), lunches during the program, and full access to the ANAMED Library. Program participants will be required to pay only for airfare and personal expenses.

  • Travel Scholarship

Domestic flights for 10 participants will be covered by a travel scholarship. In order to be considered for a travel scholarship, please indicate your interest by including an additional paragraph describing your needs in your Statement of Purpose.

How to Apply

Before you apply, please do not forget to review the requirements section and make sure that you are eligible to apply by checking the Requirements section.

To complete your application, please fill in the Application Form and ask from your recommender to submit your recommendation letter directly via e-mail to envarch@ku.edu.tr before the deadline.

It is important to underline that, owing to the functionality of the online form, the application must be completed and submitted in one session without closing the browser window. For a list of information required in the application form, click here.

The results will be announced before the first week of May. 

Please kindly get in contact with envarch@ku.edu.tr for further inquiry.