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, Roosevelt, and Luke, in press)Excavation, Material Science, ThingsKaymakçı Archaeological Project 2019 (Roosevelt, Kaner, and Luke, in press)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 & LandscapePaleolithic Bozyer (Roosevelt et al. 2019)Histories, Survey & Landscape, ThingsKaymakçı Archaeological Project 2016–2017 (Roosevelt, Ünlüsoy, and Luke 2019)ExcavationArchaeo-Tectural Translations (Frank, Luke, and Roosevelt 2018)Climate & Environment, Digital, SpacesView AllBlogGygaia Voices Read More July 20, 2019February 1, 2021 Voices from the Field (2019-07-20) Liters of soil removed, numerous crates filled, and shades of tan. Voices Read More July 14, 2019February 1, 2021 Voices from the Field (2019-07-14) Archaeologists cannot stay away from archaeology Nami Shin Voices Read More July 10, 2019February 1, 2021 Voices from the Field (2019-07-10) A diamond in the rough: raw materials in 97.541 Catherine Scott Voices Read More July 1, 2019February 1, 2021 Voices from the Field (2019-07-01) Later Elena Mars & Leah Balagopal Voices Read More June 27, 2019February 1, 2021 Voices from the Field (2019-06-27) Rolling Stones: Excavating on a slope in 95.555 Ebru Kaner Voices Read More June 21, 2019February 1, 2021 Voices from the Field (2019-06-21) Exploring Daily Life at Kaymakçı: Work in Area 109.523 Dalila Alberghina Voices Read More June 19, 2019November 2, 2020 Voices from the Field (2019-06-19) A New Path to the Site Hakan Orel Voices Read More June 16, 2019November 2, 2020 Voices from the Field (2019-06-16) Storm Gods at Kaymakçı!! Storm Gods Voices Read More June 13, 2019November 2, 2020 Voices from the Field (2019-06-13) Understanding mudbrick and earthen features at Kaymakçı Jana Mokrisova Voices Read More June 10, 2019November 2, 2020 Voices from the Field (2019-06-10) Our future is bright, our future is in three-dimensions! Gary Nobles, Aleyna Çalışkan, Orkun Şimşek, and Volkan Artan Voices View AllContact Us Hacıveliler Mahallesi, Hacıveliler Sokak: 101 Gölmarmara MANİSA email@example.com Please join our mailing list!