The City Walls of Istanbul
The walls which defended Constantinople for over a thousand years are the world’s most iconic and well known medieval defenses. Since their very inception in the early 5th century they have remained the ultimate technological triumph of Byzantium and are an unsurpassed example of military architecture. GABAM initiated the creation of a new digital resource focusing on the walls of Constantinople, part of which (the Land Walls) is inscribed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The first stage of the project is to create a detailed inventory for all preserved parts of the walls. At the same time, an online corpus of all historical sources and texts referring to the walls is being created. This material will be hosted on an interactive geospatial platform. To conduct the project, GABAM has formed a team composed of archaeologists, historians, architects, art historians and photographers.
Byzantine Musical Instruments
In cooperation with the Athens-based Friends of Music Society, GABAM has launched a new research project focusing on Byzantine musical instruments, scheduled to conclude within a two years. The main aim of the project is to create an elaborate documentation of Byzantine musical instruments through the design and production of a web portal which will include a fully integrated database for researchers, a digital exhibition for the wider public and educational applications.
Documenting the Damatris Palace
The summer palace of the Byzantine emperors on the Asian side of Constantinople, which has been under excavation by Istanbul Archaeological Museums since 2012, was documented in 2016. The site, encompassing an area of 5500 m2 is one of the greatest archaeological sites excavated in Istanbul. GABAM supported the complete architectural documentation of the palace. Remains were laser-scanned during 32 days of work at the site, and drawings completed after 67 days of work in the office. The palace excavations will be published jointly in a volume by GABAM and Istanbul Archaeological Museums, probably in 2018.