Vandam, Ralf 

Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology

Research Topic: Back to the Beginning. Reconstructing Exchange Networks in SW Turkey during the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age I (3500-2700 BC) in Relation to Early Complexity

Dr.Vandam conducts research on human-environment interactions, the social dynamics of early village societies and the emergence of early complexity in Western Anatolia. He completed his PhD on the Late Prehistoric (8000 – 2000 BC) cultural landscape of the Burdur Plain, SW Turkey, at the University of Leuven in 2014. For this research he co-directed an intensive archaeological survey project in the vicinity of ancient Hacılar from 2010-2012, with additional material study campaigns in 2013 and 2014. After his PhD he was granted a Belgian American Educational Foundation fellowship for a one year post-doc at the University at Buffalo and its Institute of European and Mediterranean Archaeology. During that year he focused on the Late Chalcolithic-Early Bronze Age transition in Western Anatolia in order to shed a light on the emergence of early complexity. At ANAMED he will characterize Late Prehistoric exchange and interaction networks in the Burdur Region in relation to the increasing complexity. Dr. Vandam is affiliated to the interdisciplinary archaeological research project at Sagalassos and appointed as an Assistant Research Professor at the University at Buffalo.