Research Topic: The Role of the Göksu Valley in Rough Cilicia in the Regional Networks of Mobility, Exchange and Trade from the Chalcolithic Period until the End of the Bronze Age
After completing his undergraduate education at Bilkent University (Turkey), Dr. Şerifoğlu continued his studies at the University of Cambridge, receiving first his MPhil and then his PhD in Assyriology/Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, funded by a Chevening Open Society Scholarship and by the Board of Higher Education of Turkey. After teaching for several years at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, he moved to eastern Turkey to start the Archaeology Department of Bitlis Eren University and was the Head of Department until the end of 2018. He has been a visiting researcher at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman in 2011 (Mellink Fellowship), at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 2014 (Fulbright Fellowship), and at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History of Uppsala University in 2019 (Swedish Institute Fellowship). He has also held a Newton Advanced Fellowship at the University of Leicester in the UK. He has previously co-directed several fieldwork projects: the Cambridge University Kilise Tepe Excavations (southern Turkey, 2009–13), the Cide Archaeological Project (survey, Black Sea coast, 2010–11), the Sirwan Regional Project (survey, northern Iraq, 2012–15), and the Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey Project (survey, southern Turkey, 2013–17). He is currently co-directing the Çadır Höyük excavations, which is a joint American, British, Canadian, and Turkish archaeological excavation project conduced in north-central Turkey, and the Taşeli-Karaman Archaeological Project, which was initiated in 2018 as a continuation of the Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey Project, to study the Göksu River Basin in its wider geographical context in the hope of better understanding its role as a network hub connecting the eastern Mediterranean world to the central Anatolian Plateau. The research he will be conducting at ANAMED is directly linked to the latter, but mainly focusing on the Chalcolithic period and the Early Bronze Age.
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