Turkey – Greece Byzantine Archaeology Workshop
GABAM, in collaboration with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (FORTH) in Crete, has organized a two-day workshop in Antalya on the 8th and 9th of September, bringing together Byzantine archaeologists from Greece and Turkey. Most participants were young scholars employed in universities, as well as government cultural agencies. The sessions were hosted in the Koç University Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations in Antalya.
The aim of the workshop was to create a forum for people to exchange experiences, to speak about methods, procedures and problems arising during archaeological work in both countries; and therefore, to communicate ideas and plans, establish bridges and create friendships we hope will outlast the workshop.
There were three general topics, on which participants were requested to give a brief presentation of their own work; namely, field archaeology (university excavations, rescue excavations, excavations for public Infrastructure projects and surveys), restoration of Byzantine monuments, and digital applications in archaeology. In all sessions, there was a live debate and discussion, moderated by senior scholars in the respective fields.
After the end of workshop, the participants had the chance to visit the important sites of Myra and its port Andriake, St. Nicholaos Church in Demre and the Byzantine church which was excavated and restored between 2010-2012 near Myra’s theater where they were given a tour of the latest archaeological works.
You can reach the program of the workshop from this link.