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Environmental Archaeology Online Program


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About This Course

The program is designed to introduce participants to environmental archaeology broadly, including a survey of research questions and methods, and to explore in depth two important subfields: archaeobotany and zooarchaeology.


The program is available in both English and Turkish. Participants at all education levels, from undergraduates to established researchers, are encouraged to apply.

Course Staff

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Dr. Müge Ergun, 2018-2020 ANAMED Environmental Archaeology Fellow

Müge Ergun is an archaeologist and archaeobotanist who holds a Ph.D. from Istanbul University’s Department of Prehistory and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University Doctoral School of Archaeology (co-tutelle, 2016), and an M.A. from Istanbul University’s Department of Prehistory (2009). Her research focuses on people-plant interactions, plant-based activities in daily and seasonal routines, and their effects on the economic and socio-cultural lives of communities, with a special interest in the beginnings of agriculture and the domestication process in Southwest Asia. She has recently been working on projects focusing on early Neolithic communities from Central Anatolia (Aşıklı Höyük and Balıklı) and North Cyprus (Tatlısu- Çiftlikdüzü (Akanthou-Arkosykos)).

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Dr. Hannah Lau, 2018-2020 ANAMED Environmental Archaeology Fellow

Hannah Lau is an anthropological archaeologist whose research uses zooarchaeological data to examine the relationship between ancient peoples’ animal management practices, the environment, and sociopolitical complexity. She received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2016) where her work documented social and economic cooperation and coordination in agropastoral production among inhabitants at the Halaf period site of Domuztepe (ca. 6000–5450 BCE) in southeastern Turkey. Dr. Lau has fieldwork experience at a number of sites in the Near East and South Caucasus. In addition to her work in Turkey, she has worked in Azerbaijan since 2009 in the southeastern province of Lerik and in the Autonomous Republic of Naxçıvan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I have to complete the program?

The program will be available to you for a month, between July 5 and August 2, and you are free to complete the modules according to your own pace.

What should I do to complete the program?

The program consists of 3 sections containing 13 modules in total. Each module is approximately 20–25 minutes long, and at the end of each module you are asked to answer multiple-choice quiz questions. If you do not succeed in passing the quiz at first, you can repeat it until you find the correct answers. It is not possible to proceed to the next module or section, however, without answering a certain number of questions correctly.

What should I do to get a certificate?

Those who successfully complete all sections and quizzes are entitled to a certificate.

Can I register again if I leave the program without completing it or if I cannot finish on time?

Unfortunately, participants who do not successfully complete the program during the program dates will be unable to participate in future offerings of the Environmental Archaeology Online Program.