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Ancient Languages of Anatolia Summer Program (ALA)


Date: 18 July – 5 August 2022

Application Period: 15 February15 March 2022 28 March 2022, 23:59 (GMT +03:00, Türkiye Time)

The earliest historical documents from Anatolia were recorded on clay in a dialect of Akkadian known as Old Assyrian, by Assyrian merchants trading in Anatolia in the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1750 BCE). The archives of the Hittite Empire preserve documents in Hittite and Akkadian that date to the Late Bronze Age (c.17th-12th centuries BCE). In the subsequent Iron Age, the Assyrian Empire expanded into Anatolia and left records shedding light on Anatolian history.

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), this 3-weeks intensive hybrid summer program, aims to develop the skills necessary to explore these earliest historical records of Anatolia:

  • a basic knowledge of the Hittite and Akkadian languages
  • a basic knowledge of the cuneiform script
  • the ability to follow scholarly editions of cuneiform texts using primary Assyriological and Hittitological resources
  • an introduction to Sumerian and Luwian languages

The language of the program is English. For more information about the program and how to apply please see down below.

  • The program will be open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students—the latter will be accepted upon approval by the instructors.
  • No prior knowledge of Hittite, Akkadian, Sumerian or Luwian is necessary.
  • Instruction will be conducted in English; therefore, participants are expected to have knowledge of English.

The program will offer Hittite and Akkadian language classes at an introductory level for two weeks.

The live classes will be conducted in person and online via Zoom five days a week (Monday–Friday) and participants are expected to attend all the classes. Weekends will be reserved for homework and research. (see: Provisional Syllabus & Schedule)

The program will feature 4 intensive workshops. Participants must attend at least one of them:

  • Introduction to Luwian
    In this five-day intensive workshop, students will learn the basics of Luwian grammar and epigraphy.
  • Introduction to Sumerian
    In this five-day intensive workshop, students will learn the basics of Sumerian grammar and epigraphy.
  • Cuneiform Epigraphy Workshop (only available in person)
    In this workshop on cuneiform epigraphy, students will learn how to prepare autographs (hand drawings) and digital drawings of cuneiform tablets. The workshop will take place at the Cuneiform Tablet Archives of the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, where students will have the opportunity to work on original clay tablets.
  • Cuneiform Tablet Workshop (only available in person)
    In this workshop, students will explore the material aspects of writing in cuniform, of writing in cuneiform, by learning how to make a clay tablet, wooden stylus, and by inscribing clay tablets of their production with phrases in Hittite, Akkadian, or Sumerian.

The program will also feature a guest lecture by prominent scholars in the fields of Hittitology and Assyriology.


All course materials will be provided by the instructors.


Dr. N. İlgi GERÇEK (Bilkent University) – Hittite Instructor & Coordinator

Dr. Gerçek is a faculty member at the Department of Archaeology, Bilkent University. She holds a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from Bilkent University, and obtained her MA and PhD in Hittite and Mesopotamian Studies from the University of Michigan. Her professional affiliations include a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Copenhagen, as well as research and teaching positions at ANAMED (Koç University) and the Istanbul University Department of Hittitology. She is interested in the social and political history of Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age and has written on imperialism, frontiers, identity, and mobility in Hittite Anatolia.

Doç. Dr. Selim Ferruh ADALI (Social Sciences University of Ankara) – Akkadian Instructor

Dr. Adalı is faculty member at the Social Sciences University of Ankara, Department of History. He holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Sydney (2009), and has taught Akkadian, Sumerian and Hittite at Bilkent University between 2009–2015. He was a Senior Fellow at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations between 2013-2014. He conducts research in the role of climatic change in the Late-Assyrian period, Assyrian and Babylonian literature and omen texts, as well as the role of the Scythians and the Cimmerians in the ancient Near East. His PhD dissertation was published in 2011 as part of the series State Archives of Assyria Studies in Helsinki. Among his latest publications is an edition of the Prostration Hemerology, in partnership with Enrique Jiménez and published in Zeitschrift für Assyriologie.

Dr. Jana MATUSZAK (University of Tübingen) – Sumerian Instructor

Dr. Matuszak is a faculty member at the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Tübingen (Germany). She studied Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Archaeology as well as Comparative Religion in Tübingen, London and Bern. She obtained her PhD in 2017 with a dissertation on Sumerian literary debates between women, which was published recently in the series UAVA of De Gruyter. After teaching and research positions at the University of Jena (Germany) and SOAS University of London (UK) between 2015 and 2020, she joined the University of Tübingen in 2021, where she is currently working on a new monograph on Sumerian mock hymns while teaching Sumerian and Akkadian languages classes. Her research interests include gender in the Ancient Near East, Old Babylonian legal and intellectual history, as well as the understanding and transmission of Sumerian by native Akkadian speakers.

Doç. Dr. Hasan PEKER (Istanbul University) – Luwian Instructor

Dr. Peker is a faculty member at the Istanbul University, Department of Ancient Languages and Cultures. He holds BA’s in Hittitology and Near Eastern Archaeology, an MA and a PhD (2009) in Hittitology from the Istanbul University. He has taught Hittite and Luwian at Koç University between 2015–2016. He is teaching Hittite, Luwian, Akkadian and Ancient Egyptian at Istanbul and Boğaziçi Universities. He is interested in the political history and chronology of Anatolia and Syria in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. In his latest publications he has reconstructed the new chronologies of the Late Hittite Kingdom Karkamis and Gurgum (Maraş). He is the Deputy Director of the Turco-Italian Archaeological Expedition at Karkemish.

Certificates and transcripts

ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please get in touch with in a timely manner.

  • Participants are expected to stay in the ANAMED dorms unless they participate in the program online. The classes also take place in the same building and will be simultaneously broadcast via Zoom.
  • Lunch is included 5 days a week. Students receive vouchers to be redeemed at a restaurant nearby.
Visa and Insurance

Airfare and visa arrangements and expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.
Health insurance is mandatory for all students.

Covid-19 Precautions

Based on current guidance from Koç University’s COVID-19 Health Council, the following precautions will be taken at ANAMED in summer 2022 until further notice.

  • Students should provide a report of full COVID-19 vaccination (last booster should be in last 6 months) via email before the program starts, because all individuals (faculty, staff, guests, etc.) must be fully vaccinated to enter the KU campus and buildings as of September 2021.
  • Students should obtain a HES code, which is a must to enter KU and public buildings and to use public transportation.
  • All program participants (students and instructors) must wear a mask at all times when in indoor shared spaces, including classrooms.
  • In case one of the participants gets tested positive, the participant needs to be quarantined and has the right to follow the classes via Zoom together with the online participants.

For the 2022 Ancient Languages of Anatolia Summer Program, the total cost for in-person tuition, room (at ANAMED), and board (5 lunches/week) is 1500 USD and the total cost for online tuition is 500 USD.


A limited number of scholarships will be given based on need and merit. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.

How to Apply

Before you apply, please do not forget to review “1. Requirements” section and make sure that you are eligible to apply.

To complete your application, please fill in the Application Form and ask from your recommender (preferably from a language instructor) to submit your recommendation letter directly via e-mail to before the deadline. ANAMED does not contact recommenders. It is each applicant’s responsibility to request letters from her/his recommenders.

It is important to note that, owing to the constrains 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.

Please don’t forget to indicate if you wish to be considered for a scholarship by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.

Application Deadline:
28 MARCH 2022

The results will be announced in May.

Please kindly get in contact with for further inquiry.