About the Project

The British Institute’s Cultural Heritage Management project started in 2013. The project aims to investigate cultural heritage management both on a theoretical level and on a practical level. The project is funded by the Headley Trust from the UK and is concerned with the ancient city of Aspendos and the Pisidia region. Both projects aim to create a road map that will lay out guidelines for the implementation of archaeological heritage management in the aforementioned regions. Such a road map, apart from the obvious preservation of archaeological sites, also aims to create and integrate socio-economic benefits for the local populations.

The Institute, which was given official recognition by the Turkish government in 1947, provides both financial and operational support to many archaeological excavations within Turkey. For more information about the Institute click here. In recent years, the Institute has expanded its research areas, with social scientists, political scientists and economists interested in contemporary Turkish studies joining the research team. Cultural heritage management can be considered as an outcome of this expansion, since it is a field in which archaeology and contemporary Turkish studies merge. It is also important in the sense that it offers different methods for the enhancement of Turkey’s rich heritage.

One of the most important contributions that the project brings to theoretical heritage studies in Turkey is the recent library acquisitions on the subject. The institute library, which is already a treasure for both archaeology students and experts, will soon become a notable center for heritage studies thanks to the acquisitions of 2013-2014. The library catalogue can be accessed here. Moreover, the workshop entitled “Public Archaeology: Theoretical Approaches and Current Practice in Turkey” which will be held on 30-31 October 2014, and will include the participation of many scholars from different countries, shall present an opportunity for the discussion of the subject in a Turkish context. More information on the workshop can be found in the announcements section.