Yalburt Project is proud to have a dedicated team of archaeologists, architects, architectural historians, geomorphologists, environmental scientists, and other varieties of field practitioners and thinkers. Several students have also taken part in the project's various field seasons. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism annually appoints a representative to accompany the team.


Ömür Harmanşah

Director of the Yalburt Survey Project. Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ömür has a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania (2005). As an architectural historian and an archaeologist of the Middle East, He has written on cities and the production of architectural and urban space, but also on place and landscape. Lately he has been interested in political ecology and cultural heritage.

peri Johnson

Field and Associate Director of the Yalburt Survey Project. Peri Johnson has a PhD in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania (2010). She is an affiliate scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has also taught at Nowthwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin. 

MÜge durusu-tanriÖver

Senior Staff Member of the Yalburt Survey Project and Specialist in Second Millennium Ceramics and Architectural Documentation. Müge Durusu-Tanrıover has a PhD in Archaeology and the Ancient World from Brown University (2016). She teaches at Bilkent University, Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. 

ben marsh

Senior Staff Member and Research Collaborator of the Yalburt Survey Project. Geomorphology and Environmental History. Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Bucknell University

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Dilcan Acer

Staff Member at the Yalburt Survey Project. Survey Team and Photography. Dilcan Acer is an archaeologist with a BA Degree from Istanbul University. Dilcan joined Yalburt Project field seasons 2015 and 2016.

Bochay drum

Staff Member at the Yalburt Survey Project. Survey Team, Geomorphology and Vegetation Ecology. Bochay Drum has a BA from Brown University in Science and Technology Studies ("Science and Society"). Bochay joined Yalburt Project field seasons 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.

B. Nilgun oz

Staff Member at the Yalburt Survey Project. Architectural Conservation and Cultural Heritage Management. Nilgun Oz is a PhD candidate at Middle East Technical University in Architectural Conservation. She has been a RCAC-BIAA Fellow in Cultural Heritage Management (2015-2016) with a focus on the preparation of a management plan for Çaltılar Höyük in Fethiye, Turkey. Nilgun participated in Yalburt field seasons in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Nar johnson-harmansah

This young archaeologist has taken part all seven field seasons from beginning to end.

past participants in the project

  • Adam Bouché, Survey team and geology (2012). Studied geology and archaeology at Brown University.

  • Zackary Wainer, Survey Team (2012). Recently received his Ph.D. in Assyriology from Brown University.

  • Pınar Durgun, Survey Team and Early Bronze Age Pottery (2013). Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology at Brown University.

  • Hasan Fidan, Survey Team (2015, 2016)- an interning archaeology student from Gazi University, Ankara and from the local community in Beykonak.

  • Türkan Pilavcı, Survey Team (2011)- Ph.D candidate in at Columbia University

  • Yasemin Özarslan, Survey Team (2010, 2012) - PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koc University and assistant Director of Kerkenes Project

  • Su Alara Acerol, Survey Team (2014) - M.A. in Archaeology and the History of Art, Koc University.

  • Yusuf Varmış, Survey Team (2014) - B.Arch from Architecture, Mersin University

  • David Elitzer, Survey Team (2014) - has graduated from Brown University with a BA in Archaeology and the Ancient World and he works for the International Journal for Cultural Property as Social Media Manager.