Theoretical Archaeology Group – Turkey: 9-10 May 2013

TAG-Turkey Meeting

Theoretical Archaeology Group – Turkey

9-10 May 2013, Ege University – Izmir

Call for Papers

Current archaeology in Turkey produces knowledge beyond the well-explored culture-historical framework, which traditionally concentrates on chronological problems, pottery typologies and publication of decontextualized objects. The quality and quantity of problem-oriented research implementing innovative methods with theoretical agendas are increasing rapidly. On the other hand, the ever-increasing awareness of the history of archaeology generated a very welcome critical thinking about the discipline. With this meeting, we intend to explore the social, cultural, political and economic contexts in which archaeology is conducted in Turkey and to gain an overview of the innovative theoretical archaeological research.

During the meeting we would like to discuss themes such as these:

How do archaeologists experience archaeology? How do we teach archaeology at the universities? What are the problems of undergraduate and graduate teaching in archaeology? How did archaeological practice change over time in Turkey? How did archaeology in Turkey emerge and develop? How are the methodological and theoretical frameworks formulated and applied? Does archaeology establish sufficient bonds with other disciplines? Is there a healthy relationship between the archaeological world and the mass media? How do Turkey’s official cultural heritage and tourism politics affect the development of archaeology? In what ways NGO’s are involved in archaeological practice?

We kindly invite you to discuss these and more issues at Ege University, İzmir on May 9-10, 2013. Papers can be presented in Turkish and English. Please send your title and abstracts (max. 150 words) until February 1, 2013 to [email protected]


Why TAG?

The very first TAG, organized by Colin Renfrew and Andrew Fleming, was held in Sheffield, UK in 1979. Since then, every year TAG meetings are held at a different venue in Great Britain, where archaeologists, junior and senior alike, gather together to discuss diverse issues in archaeology in a social context. After 30 years, TAG has demonstrably contributed to the practice of archaeology in this country. New methods, techniques and theories concerned with archaeology are frequently introduced to the discipline by the Anglo-Saxon tradition.

TAG-Network has been growing. Nordic-TAG has been held in the Scandinavian countries since 2000 and TAG-USA has been organized annually since 2008. Finally, in Greece TAG meetings have been set up. The organizers of TAG-Turkey intend to extend the TAG-Network to Turkey and create a scholarly environment to stimulate lively discussion and critical thinking for archaeologists in Turkey. As a result, we have taken the initiative to create TAG-Turkey as a platform for archaeologists interested in theoretical and methodological issues.

Theme Suggestions:
• History of archaeology, development of archaeology in Turkey
• Current state of archaeological practice in Turkey
• Settlement, Environment and Landscape archaeology
• GIS applications in archaeology
• Origins of social inequality, complex societies and the state
• Gender Archaeology
• Theories in archaeology
• Methods in archaeology
• Cultural heritage management and NGO’s
• Archaeology and education
• Archaeology, mass media and popular culture
• State and politics of archaeology
• Ethnoarchaeology
• Epistemology and ethics in archaeology
• Philosophy of history and archaeology


Çiler Çilingiroğlu (Ege University)

Fahri Dikkaya (Bilkent University)


Fieldwork Opportunity: Sanisera Field School

The Sanisera Field School
2013 Courses

We have grown and now offer courses in four different countries in Europe; SPAIN, ITALY, GREECE, and PORTUGAL.  For 2013 we are offering 15 different archaeological courses that explore various different aspects of archaeology.

The course subjects are:

  • Fieldwork in Ancient Cities
  • Fieldwork in Bioarchaeology
  • European Archaeological Tour
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Archaeological Film
  • Mapping Tools and GIS Software for Archaeologists.

Information and reservations

Course Coordinator: Lana Johnson,
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Phone:  (34) 699 69 55 80

Fieldwork Opportunity: Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project


The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project announces its archaeological investigations for the summer of 2013!

In 2013 BVAR will continue investigations at the ancient Maya sites of Cahal Pech, Baking Pot and Lower Dover. These sites are among the largest prehistoric Maya sites in the upper Belize River Valley. Despite many years of investigations at Baking Pot, large portions of the monumental site core remain unexcavated and sections of the settlement area remain unexplored.  Lower Dover, in contrast, is a recently discovered site and investigations here are only just beginning. Excavations at Cahal Pech have revealed that this site is the location of some of the earliest Maya settlements in the Maya lowlands.

During the 2013 season, BVAR will continue its research agenda with excavation in the monumental core of Baking Pot, with the purpose of understanding the nature and complexity of the polity’s  decline. Research at Lower Dover will also focus on the monumental architecture in the site core in order to determine the sociopolitical development of this center.  The investigations at Cahal Pech will continue in the site core and periphery in an effort to further elucidate the status and complexity of this center spanning the Preclassic to Terminal Classic periods.

Students will be involved in all aspects of these archaeological investigations, from the setting of excavation units to the production of site maps. The project also incorporates daily laboratory work where students participate in the processing and documentation of the cultural remains recovered from the site (including ceramic and lithic artifacts and human and animal remains). Weekly lectures will present an overview of Maya civilization and will provide introduction to other specific topics such as ceramic analysis, archaeological survey methods, human osteology, and ancient Maya ritual and ideology.

Session I: June 3 to 28, 2013
Session II: July 8 to August 2, 2013

This Field Research opportunity is also available in two-week sessions:
Session I: June 3 to 14, 2013
Session II: July 8 to 19, 2013

Academic credit is available!

Registration fees for the project are $1050 U.S. per two-week session or $2100 for the one-month field school, which includes lodging, weekday meals, and transportation to and from the sites. Academic
credit, travel to and from Belize, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

For applications and more information all interested parties should respond via e-mail to Myka Schwanke at: [email protected]

Find them on the Web!  WWW.BVAR.ORG

Logo Design Competition for Brown and RISD Students

Logo Design Competition for Animal Magnetism Seminar

Submission deadline: December 1, 2012 by 5:00 pm
Prize: $250 for winning design; $50 each for two semi-finalists
Eligibility: Open to all undergraduate students at RISD and Brown University

The Program in Early Cultures at Brown University solicits submissions for a logo.  The logo should express the subject of a year-long Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Brown: “Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans.”  The successful logo is intended for use in all Seminar publicity, both on College Hill and elsewhere.

How humans live with animals and fold them into their emotional lives as pets, companions, and even family.  The framework in time is the ancient world, from the Old World and New: Greece, Rome, South and Central America, China, Africa.

Winning Logo
The submission will encapsulate these deep ties of affection by graphic means.  It should include the words, “Mellon Sawyer Seminar” and “Animal Magnetism.”  Further, it should reference such ties in the ancient world, as inclusively as possible. The design should be bold, eye-catching, and legible.

Time Frame  
— submission of designs: December 1, 2012 by 5:00 pm
— final selection: December 10, 2012

Please submit a high resolution .jpg, .gif, or .pdf to [email protected] AND [email protected]

CFP: TAG Chicago 2013 (May 9-11, 2013)

Theoretical Archaeology Group-USA
Chicago: May 9-11, 2013.

Session Proposals due January 1, 2013
Individual Paper submissions due March 1, 2013

*** 2013 Theme: “Vision” ***

Inspired by the venue of Chicago, a forcefully planned city shaped by the vision of Daniel Burnham and his political allies that prides itself on the visual assets of its modernist architecture and public art collections, as well as its ability to forecast the economy through the futures market, the theme for this year is “Vision.”

The theme will form the basis of a conversation initiated by the plenary session but participants are urged to interpret it generously and sessions will not be limited by subject.  In its broadest sense, Vision represents a birds-eye view of where archaeology is headed, the vista that TAG attempts to provide through its now world-wide conferences.

Plenary speakers: Susan Alcock, Ruth Van Dyke, and Pamela Bannos.

*** Instructions for submitting a session or paper proposal ***

Session proposals can be submitted through the TAG-Chicago website from December 1, 2012 until January 1, 2013 ( Session proposals must include a title and abstract (max 400 words), and indicate whether a 1.5 hour or 3 hour time slot is required. Organizers are free to make use of the time slot however they wish (i.e., scheduling discussants, Q&As, or round-table discussion in addition to paper presentations), but should briefly describe the format of the session in their abstract. More creative and non-traditional uses of the time frame are also welcome, but requests for additional AV equipment should be made by March 15, 2013.

Accepted sessions will be posted on the TAG-Chicago website after January 1, 2013, along with the email addresses of the organizers. Potential participants should send individual paper abstracts (max 300 words) directly to the session organizers, by email. Session organizers are responsible for selecting papers, and for sending the complete session roster along with all paper abstracts and titles to the TAG-Chicago committee by March 15, 2013.

Registration is required to submit a session proposal through the website. All participants (e.g., presenters, organizers and discussants) must be registered by March 15, 2013.

Organizers: Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago
Co-Hosts: Dept. of Anthropology, Northwestern University; Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois-Chicago; Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum
Contacts: For questions about conference registration and how to submit proposals, contact Mary Leighton ([email protected]).