Institute of Archaeology
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First for Archaeology in UK 2015

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Veysel Apaydin

The Presentation of the Past: Pitfalls and Potentials-Education and Archaeology, Heritage and Local Communities in Turkey-the case studies of Çatalhöyük, Ani and Hattuŝa

My project is concerned with lack of heritage awareness, within the local communities, that leads to plundering and destruction of archaeological and heritage sites. My aim is to explore the most effective archaeological and heritage education programs for local audiences that will lead to develop heritage awareness within the communities in order to protect and preserve heritage sites. My research includes the view of the local people, specialists, stakeholders and looks at both formal and informal education programs that have central role for the development of people.

In particular, my research takes three sites as case studies that are Çatalhöyük, Ani and Hattuŝa in Turkey. The thesis is based on a theoretical framework that incorporates theories of education, influence of educational theory on archaeology, ideology, ethnicity, and the use of nationalism and religion. The project focuses on four different sets of data, each one of which is concerned with a different aspect of my research and is examined with support of related methods such as qualitative interviews, discourse analysis of schoolbooks and curricula, survey and participant observations.

This study aims to make original contribution of how to increase the heritage awareness and develop education programs for local audiences. This study aims to be useful not only for academia but also museums, heritage organizations, public education services, educators, archaeologists and archaeological projects.

Supervisors

 Educational background

  • BA in Archaeology, Ankara University, 2003.
  • MA in East Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Archaeology, University College London, 2007

Apaydin, V. Forthcoming. Identity, Heritage and Authenticity: Architectural Destruction and Manipulation. Eds by Prescott, C. and Biehl, P. In Identity and Heritage: Contemporary Challenges in a Globalizing World. Springer: New York London.

Apaydin, V. Forthcoming. The Presentation of the Past: Pitfalls and Potentials-Education and Archaeology in Turkey. In John H. Jameson and Alicia Castillo Mena (eds) Interpreting the Past: Participatory approaches to enhancing public sensitivity and understanding.

Apaydin, V. 2012. Steadman, S. R. And McMahon, G. (eds.) 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia. Oxford: OUP . PIA, Vol 22 (2012) pp. 143-148.

Review

Apaydin, V. 2012. Steadman, S. R. And McMahon, G. (eds.) 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia. Oxford: OUP

Conferences

Identity and Authenticity; Architectural Destruction and Manipulation of Heritage in Turkey’ in 19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. 2013 Pilsen/Czech Republic.

‘Dead or Alive: Burial Customs of Neolithic Anatolia’ in 19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. 2013 Pilsen/Czech Republic.

‘Toplum Arkeolojisi: Dunya ve Turkiye’deki Yeri, Onemi ve Problemleri’ in TAG Turkey. Izmir-Turkey 2013.

Session Organiser with Thompson, D and Richardson, L. ‘Increasing Multivocality Through Technology’ in World Archaeological Congress 7. Amman-Jordan 2013

‘The Presentation of The Past: Pitfalls and Potentials’ in UNESCO/ICAHM Annual Meeting. Cusco-Peru 2012.

‘Understanding Sub-floor Burials in Neolithic Central Anatolia’ in Archaeology in Anatolia conferences. Institute of Archaeology, UCL. London 2007.


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