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Batuhan Ozdemir

Postgraduate Research Student

Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Archaeology


Academic Biography

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology, having earned master's degrees both in Archaeology (2018) and Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (2020) programmes. My research focuses on the Charles Fellows' (1799-1860) Lycian collection at the British Museum, with an emphasis on how the Lycian cultural identity was framed within the context of changing geopolitics and attitudes in archaeology and museums.

Talks and Presentations
  • 2023 - Paper: "Lycia on Display: Decentring Fixed Hellenism in the British Museum" presented at the Conference "New Voices on Anatolia," Oxford University, Faculty of Classics, The Ioannou Centre, 19-20 September 2023, Oxford, UK. Forthcoming.
  • 2023 - Paper: "From the Bronze Age Troy to the Pushkin Museum: A Cultural Biography of Priam's Treasure" presented at the CVAC Visual Intersections Summer School, 17-19 July 2023, Durham, UK.

  • 2022 - Paper: "Visual Language of Ancient Architecture: Architectural Depictions in the Mosaics from Antioch on-the-Orontes and Its Vicinity" presented at the International Conference and Workshop of Homage to Antioch Mosaics: Current Stand and Perspectives, Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya-Hatay, Turkey.

  • 2022 - Paper: "Framing the Charles Fellows' Lycian Collection in the British Museum in the Context of Ancient and Modern Geopolitics and Cultural Identities" presented at the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Conference 2022, "Art in Archaeology: Production, Transmission, and Reception," Oxford, UK (Zoom).

Teaching Commitments

Tutor - ARCH 1131 Cities in Antiquity (2022/2023)

Tutor - ARCH 1151 Ancient Civilisations: Sources, Approaches and Methods (2022/2023)


2023: PhD Project Research Fund - The Caedmon Ceolfrid Trust, The College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University.

2023: The Rosemary Cramp Fund - Durham University, Department of Archaeology.

2023: The Thomas Wiedemann Memorial Fund.

2022: Seedcorn Fund - Durham University, Department of Archaeology.

2020: David Brown Bursary, School of Art, Media and American Studies. University of East Anglia.

2018-Present: Higher Education Scholarship awarded by the Turkish Ministry of National Education, enabling me to pursue Master's and PhD studies in the United Kingdom.

2012-2013: Erasmus Scholarship. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Klassische und Christliche Archäologie.

Excavation Projects

2015-2018: Kelenderis Archaeological Project. Archaeologist, Research Assistant.

2014: Zeugma Archaeological Project, Archaeologist.

2013: Salvage Excavation Project of Anatolian Civilization Museum in Çağa, Ankara. Archaeology Student.

2010-2012: Zeugma Archaeological Project, Archaeology Student.

Research interests

  • Lycian Tombs and their Identities
  • Universal Museums
  • Heritage Management of the Ottoman Empire
  • Visual Representations of Roman Architecture