One of the most intriguing issues facing archaeologists working in the second millennium BC is the collapse of Late Bronze Age palace economies and the rise of smaller principalities called the Iron Age kingdoms. Some of these kingdoms retain vestiges of the previous Hittite Empire while others represent an ethnic diversity of newly emerging centers of power. These decentralized kingdoms stretch from Cilicia to the Euphrates River and are situated on both sides of the modern border of Syria and Turkey. Theories about this political transition have varied from environmental causes, internal dynastic squabbles in Hattusha, to marauding bands of mythical “Sea Peoples.” We aim to spark dialogue about the processes of change spanning these two periods.
KOÇ UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTER FOR ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS (RCAC) located in downtown Istanbul. It is scheduled to begin after the yearly Ministry of Culture and Tourism Excavation Results Symposium which will be held in Istanbul from 31 May 1 June, 2010.
Istanbul was chosen as the 2010 European Capital of Culture (ECOC) and we plan to organize excursions to various museums and excavations in the vicinity on the Sunday before our