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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe/Asia - Turkey - Seyitömer Höyük Excavation - 2014

Europe/Asia - Turkey - Seyitömer Höyük Excavation - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-30
End Date 2015-08-08

Archaeology Field School Location

Kütahya, Turkey

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

SUNY Buffalo
Dumlupinar University, Turkey

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$232 per credit + applicable fees

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included in Program Fee of $500

Archaeology Field School Travel
Roundtrip airfare to/from Istanbul
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

All students who participate in the Seyitömer Höyük Excavation Project will pay a Program Fee of $500 that covers their room and board at the Excavation House, a roundtrip private charter bus to/from Istanbul, and local bus transportation for weekend excursions.

In addition, students may receive 1-6 academic credits for their participation in the project, by registering with the Office of Study Abroad at SUNY Buffalo. This option carries an additional cost of $232/credit. For further details and to register, please contact Laura Harrison at

Archaeology Field School Description

The archaeological site of Seyitömer Höyük is located within the Kütahya region of western Turkey at an important juncture between the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean worlds. Advanced metal technology fueled commerce between these distant regions as early as 3,000 B.C., leading to the establishment of important trade centers linking east and west. The best-preserved example of such a center is Seyitömer Höyük, where thousands of artifacts and dozens of well-preserved workshops paint a vivid picture of pottery and textile production, from the Early Bronze Age through the Roman period.

The 2013 Field School will excavate a portion of the Early Bronze Age settlement, giving students an opportunity to learn archaeological method and theory in a hands on environment, while learning about the architecture and material culture of ancient Turkey.

The archaeological site of Seyitömer Höyük is situated on top of a 12 million ton coal reserve. Beginning in 2015, a private company will extract this coal, and the archaeological site will be permanently destroyed. Students in this field school will have the opportunity excavate and document archaeological material from this threatened site, which will make a lasting contribution to archaeology. In addition, they will gain firsthand experience with the ethical issues surrounding cultural heritage management.

This field school will introduce students to the vibrant cultural landscape of Kütahya, past and present. Students will learn about the exquisite glazed ceramics that Kütahya is famous for during an excursion to the Kütahya Tile Musuem, and will view a spectacular panorama of the city from the Kütahya Castle. They will visit the Kütahya Archaeological Museum to see artifacts found at Seyitömer Höyük, and will take day trips to the Eskisehir and Ayfon archaeology museums to gain a broader perspective on cultural activity in the region. Students will also visit the ancient Roman city of Aizanoi, with remains of a temple, stadium, and bath complex. Qualified guides and lecturers will lead all excursions, offering expert education and insight into the history and culture of Turkey.

Applications are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any accredited US college or university with an interest in anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural heritage studies, history, museum studies, art, or related fields. A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required for admission into the program.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Bronze Age

Field School Setting/Conditions

The site of Seyitömer Höyük is located in western/central Turkey, near the modern city of Kutahya, which has a population of approximately 200,000.

How is the project area accessed each day

Students live at the Excavation House, adjacent to the archaeological site.

What is the daily schedule for the field school


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Directors and Instructors

Laura Harrison, Field School Director
Dr. Nejat Bilgen, Seyitomer Excavation Project Director

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Archaeological Method and Theory

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Local excursions to the cultural attractions of the region are scheduled on weekends.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Lectures from scholars and specialists are scheduled on evenings/weekends throughout the field season.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Students will have the opportunity to spend free time on nights/weekends independently, or participate in scheduled excursions, lectures, and site visits.

Other resources students will find useful

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Field School Contact Information

Laura Harrison

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