Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey and archaeometry

Since its foundation in 1956, Middle East Technical University in Ankara has been very involved in archaeology and archaeometric studies. This interest, which first existed independently in the departments of physics and chemistry, flourished with the Keban Dam Rescue Project (1968-1974). 

METU hosted the 29th International Symposium on Archaeometry in Ankara in 1994. (Sadly, that was one that I missed.)

METU initiated a Master's Program in Archaeometry as part of the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences in 1990.  The main purpose of the program is to teach graduates how to solve archaeological problems through the application of  methods from the natural and applied sciences. The study and understanding of history have acquired a new dimension through this kind of collaboration between pure scientists and archaeologists.

And you thought this was going to be about Thanksgiving, didn't you?

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