Co-Directors

Christina Luke
Boston University, cluke(at)bu(dot)edu

Christina is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in cultural heritage, ethnography and comparative field archaeology. She is especially interested in landscape studies as they relate to past and present land-use. She has two primary geographic areas of interest, Central America and the eastern Mediterranean, especially the Balkans and western Anatolia. Her current writing projects (articles) focus on Bronze and Iron Age datasets from the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey (CLAS) as well as a working book manuscript on cultural policy and development in Turkey, 17th c. to present. Her work is funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She teaches topic-based research seminars on her current areas of study in the Writing Program at Boston University, including the wrX and Arts Now initiatives.


Chris Roosevelt
Boston University, chr(at)bu(dot)edu

Chris is a specialist in the archaeology of western Anatolia (Turkey) and specifically that of the Bronze and Iron Age civilizations of the area best known as ancient Lydia. Between 2005 and 2014, Roosevelt co-directed the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey (CLAS) with Luke, a project that investigates long-term patterns of cultural activity, past environmental conditions, and the dynamics between the two. The newest Gygaia Projects initiative is the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project (KAP), begun in 2014. KAP goals include increasing understanding of the emergence and maintenance of an indigenous kingdom situated between the better known spheres of the Hittites and Mycenaeans (in central Anatolia and the Aegean, respectively), through the excavation of a recently discovered and previously unexcavated regional capital of the Middle and Late Bronze Ages.

Assistant Directors

Sinan Ünlüsoy
Yaşar University, sinan(dot)unlusoy(at)yasar(dot)edu(dot)tr

Sinan is the Assistant Director for excavation, supervising all excavations with the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project. He worked many years as a field archaeologist at Troy before joining the project. His main area of research is the Bronze Age Aegean and western Anatolia, and he is interested also in social evolution, inequality, and the economy of early societies. Sinan is currently a member of Yaşar University, İzmir, where where he teaches courses on Anatolian Archaeology.


Caitlin O’Grady
University College London, caitlin(dot)r(dot)ogrady(at)ucl(dot)ac(dot)uk

Caitlin is a conservator and conservation scientist who specializes in the conservation and analysis of archaeological materials. She acts as Assistant Director for Conservation for the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project, managing the preservation of recovered artifacts and architecture. Her research interests focus on the investigation of material properties and structure in order to relate their roles to long-term preservation of archaeological materials including mudbrick, wall paintings, and ceramics. She is a Lecturer in Conservation at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.


Bradley Sekedat
UC Davis, bsekedat(at)ucdavis(dot)edu

Bradley is Gygaia Project's Assistant Director for Survey. He is a specialist in survey methodology and Roman-period landscape archaeology, with an interest in landscapes, settlement dynamics, and governance. His research also explores ancient stone-working technologies, especially in the marble quarries of the Marmara Lake basin. Sekedat is a Lecturer in Writing at the University of California, Davis.

Senior Researchers

Canan Çakırlar
Groningen University, c(dot)cakirlar(at)rug(dot)nl

Canan is the zooarchaeologist working with the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project. Her research interests include the dispersal and development of husbandry technologies, management of aquatic resources, climatic fluctuations and societal change, provisioning of state-level societies, and human impact on Holocene zoogeography. Her previous studies in western Turkey have focused on Ulucak, Yenibademli, and Troy. Canan’s research has won funding from numerous organizations including the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, and the Smithsonian Institution. Her most recent scholarly outputs include a review of the zooarchaeology of western Turkey, soon to appear in the Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology, and a special issue of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies on urban economies in Bronze and Iron Age Anatolia.


Peter Cobb
University of Pennsylvania, cobbp(at)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu

Peter is the Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist for Digital Archaeology, Classical Studies and the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the ceramics of the second millennium BCE of western Anatolia, and, particularly, using and improving digital techniques in ceramic analyses, including 3D scanning and subsequent morphometric analysis. Peter contributes to Gygaia Projects as a Consulting Specialist.


Tim Frank
SPSU, tfrank(at)spsu(dot)edu

Tim is an architect, educator, and researcher. With Gygaia Projects he utilizes state-of-the-art performance modeling and simulation tools to evaluate systematically how ancient building systems intensively shaped the behavior of light, heat, and airflow present within the extensive environment. Broadly speaking, he uses these simulation and modeling platforms to expand the purview of the historical survey to account for issues of performance, disclosing strategies used by early populations to organize space in concert with factors dictated by the natural environment. Tim is based in Atlanta, working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at SPSU.


John (Mac) Marston
Boston University, marston(at)bu(dot)edu

John (Mac) is a specialist for archaeobotanical research at Kaymakçı. In his study of archaeological plant remains – archaeobotany or paleoethnobotany – Marston contributes to questions of agricultural sustainability and environmental and climate change. Mac's recent interdisciplinary collaborations focus on comparative study of cultural adaptation to environmental and climate change in the past and present. His current field projects include also work at the Iron Age site of Kerkenes, the Bronze Age-Medieval site of Gordion, and the Bronze Age-Medieval site of Ashkelon. Mac’s research has been funded by the American Philosophical Society, Boston University, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the US National Science Foundation.


Peter Pavúk
Charles University in Prague, peter(dot)pavuk(at)ff(dot)cuni(dot)cz

Peter has studied European Prehistory, Medieval Archaeology, and Classical Archaeology. Participation in the Troy excavations (1995–2008) sealed his early interest in the Aegean and western Anatolian archaeology, and specifically second-millennium BCE pottery. He has worked on ceramics from Troy, Bademgediği Tepe (Torbalı), Mikro Vouni (Samothrace), Thermi (Lesbos), Emporio (Chios), and sites in the Kaikos Valley, including Pergamon. Awarded both an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2010/11, Heidelberg) and the Michael Ventris Prize (2012, London), he has authored two monographs – one on the MBA/LBA transition in Central Greece (2012, Vienna) and one on Troy VI pottery, chronology, and stratigraphy (2014, Bonn) – and edited four additional volumes. At Kaymakçı, he is working to establish patterns in both typo-chronology and connectivity with surrounding regions.


Magda Pieniążek
Tübingen University, magda(dot)pieniazek@ifu(dot)uni-tuebingen(dot)de

Magda is an archaeologist specializing in the Bronze Age Aegean, western Anatolia, and Black Sea areas. Her research has included settlement archaeology and architecture and currently focuses on jewelry and other “small finds,” from sites such as Troy, Alalakh, Thessaloniki Toumba, and other Aegean and Anatolian sites, and what they can reveal about exchange mechanisms, sociopolitical change, economy, and the development of prehistoric technologies as well the meanings and functions of valuable objects. She finished her PhD in Tübingen, was awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the Troy Foundation and European Commission, and has taught in both Tübingen and Heidelberg. In addition to her work elsewhere, she is the specialist for "small finds," such as personal ornaments and various kinds of tools, with the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project.


Student Researchers

Nick Gauthier
Arizona State University, Nicolas(dot)Gauthier(at)asu(dot)edu

Nick is a PhD student in Anthropology at Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. He is interested in the geoarchaeology, human ecology, and long-term environmental history of the Eastern Mediterranean. His work with Gygaia Projects focuses on modelling past climate, hydrology, and food production strategies to help provide an ecological context for the archaeological record at Kaymakçı.


Jana Mokrišová
University of Michigan, jmokriso(at)umich(dot)edu

Jana is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on cultural dynamics and mobility at the dawn of the Late Bronze Age and during the Early Iron Age in Western Anatolia. In addition to acting as an excavation area supervisor at Kaymakçı, Jana is conducting a study of the use of mudbrick at the site.


Emanuel Moss
CUNY Graduate Center, emoss(at)gc(dot)cuny(dot)edu

Emanuel is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is interested in the role of changing visualization technologies in the production of knowledge, particularly in archaeological and heritage contexts. He works with Gygaia Projects as a Spatial Data and Digital Technologies Specialist, focusing on spatial data management and the development of 3-dimensional recording and visualization techniques.


Catherine Scott
Boston University, scottcb(at)bu(dot)edu

Catherine is a PhD student in the Boston University Department of Archaeology. She is interested in landscapes and the use of space in the Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age, and in the application of techniques from archaeological science more generally. Her work with Gygaia Projects focuses on using sediment geochemistry to study the use and organization of space at a variety of sites in the valley, including Bronze Age citadels and modern Turkish villages.