GYGAIA PROJECTS GYGAIA PROJECTS GYGAIA PROJECTS Gygaia Projects is a group of activities concerned with scientific research and preservation in the areas of cultural and natural history. OUR VISIONOur primary goal is to explore and preserve cultural and natural historiesWHO WE AREOur team is composed of specialists, students, and enthusiasts from TurkeyWHAT WE DOOur projects range from field work to archival and laboratory studiesGYGAIA PROJECTSWhat's in a Name? Culture and nature… These are our main foci and what our name, gygaia, represents. From Homer and Hittite archives we know that the word gygaia (we prefer to pronounce it gee-gay-uh with two hard Gs) was associated with ancestors and water birds in the Bronze Age dialects of Anatolia. Homer knew Lake Marmara as gygaia limne: “lake of ancestors” or “lake of water birds.” This is what Gygaia Projects is committed to: the exploration, sustainable use, and preservation of the ancestral cultures and natural environments of the Marmara Lake basin and beyond. Projects AllArchivesClimate & EnvironmentDigitalExcavationHistoriesLakeMaterial ScienceSpacesSurvey & LandscapeThingsAll Archives Climate & Environment Digital Excavation Histories Lake Material Science Spaces Survey & Landscape Things Gygaia Limne – Lake MarmaraMuch of the research conducted by Gygaia Projects pivots around Lake Marmara. Afterall, it is the project namesake.... Read MoreSurvey in the Marmara Lake BasinThe Central Lydia Archaeological Survey (CLAS) was carried out between 2005 and 2014 with the main goal of... Read MoreExcavations at KaymakçıThe Kaymakçı Archaeological Project began in 2014 with aims of conducting excavations and related research activities at and... Read MoreArchaeobotanyOur approach to archaeobotany, the study of ancient botanical remains, explores how communities engage with their surroundings. We... Read MoreCeramicsPottery fragments represent the most conspicuous category of archaeological materials found both on the surface and within the... Read MoreConservationCurrent conservation efforts at Kaymakçı focus on site-level support for excavations at Kaymakçı and the processing, stabilization, and... Read MoreDigital Recording & DatabaseFrom the beginning of survey work in 2005 to present excavation work, we have always strived to remain... Read MoreDNA: Ancient and Sediment DNA StudiesThe scope of ancient DNA studies aims to study genetic characterizations of archaeobotanical material recovered from excavations at... Read MoreLandscapesWhen the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey (CLAS) began, the backbone of the research focused first and foremost on... Read MoreOttoman StudiesIntensive “digging” into the Presidential Ottoman Archives and Robert College-Boğaziçi University Archives in Istanbul has proved to be... Read MoreResearch Center DesignThe research center, which among other activities hosts the archaeological mission working at the nearby site of Kaymakçı... Read MoreSmall Finds“Small finds” refer to a variety of generally “small” artifacts in diverse materials. Often studied according to narrow... Read MoreVolumetric (3D) RecordingA key innovation of the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project (KAP) in developing the KAP Recording System in 2014 was... Read MoreZooarchaeologyOur approach to zooarchaeology, the study of ancient faunal remains, investigates the intimate relationships among humans, animals, and... Read MoreLoad more PublicationsAllBibliographyClimate & EnvironmentDigitalDocuments & ArchivesExcavationHistoriesLakeMaterial ScienceSpacesSurvey & LandscapeThingsMade from Mud (Mokrišová et al. 2020)Excavation, Material Science, ThingsFilling the Void in Archaeological Excavations (Nobles and Roosevelt 2021)Digital, ExcavationBorn-Digital Logistics (Scott et al. 2021)Digital, ExcavationAgropastoral Economies and Land Use (Marston et al. 2021)Agricultural Practice at Bronze Age Kaymakçı (Shin et al. 2020)Climate & Environment, ExcavationSampling Strategies for Archaeological Sediment Chemistry (Scott 2020)Excavation, Material Science, Spaces, Survey & LandscapeKaymakçı Archaeological Project 2018 (Roosevelt, Kaner, and Luke 2020)ExcavationPig Husbandries (Slim, Çakırlar, and Roosevelt 2020)Climate & Environment, Excavation, HistoriesAncient DNA Extraction and Amplification (Ciftci et al. 2019)Climate & Environment, Material ScienceA Pearl in Peril (Luke 2019)Documents & Archives, Histories, LakeA Bronze Herringbone Knife (Pieniazek et al. 2019)Excavation, ThingsInhabited Hellenistic Landscapes (Roosevelt 2019)Histories, Survey & LandscapeView AllBlogGygaia Voices Read More August 20, 2021December 7, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-08-20) A New Publication on Earthen Materials from Kaymakçı Voices Read More August 3, 2021December 3, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-08-03) A Birdless Watching Tower Voices Read More July 27, 2021December 3, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-07-27) Another Season of Material Analyses… Voices Read More July 20, 2021December 2, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-07-20) That’s a Wrap! Voices Read More July 13, 2021July 14, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-07-13) Two New Publications on Digital Archaeology at Kaymakçı Voices Read More July 6, 2021July 7, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-07-06) Changing of the Guard Voices Read More June 29, 2021July 7, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-06-29) Lake Desiccation or an Anticipated, Annual Retreat? Voices Read More June 25, 2021July 7, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-06-25) Team members got their first jabs! Voices Read More June 23, 2021July 7, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-06-23) A Visit from the (Dust) Storm God Voices Read More June 22, 2021July 7, 2021 Voices From the Field (2021-06-22) Auditory Heritage at the Trowel’s Edge Voices View AllContact Us Hacıveliler Mahallesi, Hacıveliler Sokak: 101 Gölmarmara MANİSA firstname.lastname@example.org Please join our mailing list!