Ethnic identity and archaeology in the Black Sea region of Turkey

Erciyas D.

ANTIQUITY, vol.79, no.303, pp.179-190, 2005 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79 Issue: 303
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Name: ANTIQUITY
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-190
  • Keywords: Turkey, Hittite, Classical Greece, Black Sea, Pontic, archaeological politics, ethnicity post-modernism
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


How has Turkey used archaeology to define itself and address political goals? How have these goals clashed with western Europeans in pursuit of the Hittites and ancient Greeks? The author analyses the context of her own work in the Black Sea coastal area of Turkey, and deconstructs its ethnic influences in the context of modern archaeology.