Anthropology, which means human science, tries to explain, in all its parts, human’s morphological, cultural built and their origins, developments and social patterning, and what people have in common and what the important differences are among people across the globe in terms of beliefs and value system in the direction of universal science understanding. Anthropology also examines the changes of human and its ancestors from the prehistory to the modern-day on the basis of person and society. Shortly the area of anthropological study includes everything, which belongs to human and which makes human unique.

The study of anthropology is concerned with both the biological features that make us human (such as physiology, genetic makeup, nutritional history and evolution) and social aspects (such as language, culture, politics, family and religion etc.). Whether studying social anthropology or paleoanthropology and physical anthropology, anthropologists are concerned with many aspects of people’s lives: the everyday practices as well as the more dramatic rituals, ceremonies and processes which define us as human beings. A few common questions posed by anthropology are: how are societies different and how are they the same? How has evolution shaped how we think? What is culture? Are there human universals? By taking the time to study peoples’ lives in detail, anthropologists explore what makes us uniquely human. In doing so, anthropologists aim to increase our understanding of ourselves and of each other.

In the light of this information, our department was established in 2008, in order to reach international standards in anthropology and to educate students who are willing to learn human and humanity, and then it started activities in the academic year of 2009-2010. At the Ahi Evran University Department of Anthropology, the course programme, includes palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology and social anthropology courses.

There are 2 full-time associate professor, 4 assistant professor, 1 research assistant with doctorate degree, 4 research assistant, 1 expert, 11 lecturers in total in our department. Additionally, there are 2 research assistants who continue their PhD programme either in Turkey with sponsored by the Council of Higher Education (OYP) or in abroad with the scholarship programme which is run by the Ministry of National Education (YLSY).

Our department has provided education at undergraduate level since 2009, however postgraduate (Master) education has been provided since 2010. So far, 165 studenst has been given undergraduate degree, and 7 students has graduated from Master of Arts in Anthropology programme.

Our students have also chance to do internship at excavation sites, museums, hospitals, laboratories and criminal laboratories (for paleoanthropology and  physical anthropology), and also at TRT, foundations, Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, UNHCR, UN (for social anthropology) in order to take practical experiences as well as theoretical experiences.

Anthropologists are offered many applications of anthropological knowledge in a variety of occupational settings in both public and private sectors. Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, UNHCR, and International Health Organizations employ anthropologists to benefit from their anthropological knowledge that will help the development and growth of organizations. Furthermore anthropologists also will be employed in state and local governmental organizations for research, development, and planning areas. In Turkey, anthropologists are employed in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s archaeology and art museums, in the General Directorate for Protection of Natural Assents, in the Organizations allied to the Prime Ministry Directorate General of Foundations and in the private museums and tourism agencies. General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration, the Forensic Medicine Institute, the Ministry of Health, Turkish Statistical Institute, and Regional Development Agencies are also some of the organizations which employ anthropologists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXCAVATION AND SURFACE EXPLORATIONS RUN BY OUR DEPARTMENT

 

1-Kurutlu Excavation

This project, which started in 2014, is run by Kalehoyuk Archaeology Museum under the chairmanship of associate professor Ahmet Cem Erkman and it returned to systematic excavation with cabinet decree in 2015. The project is materialized in Kaman province, Savcılı- Kurutlu village local. Kurutlu international project is the  significant locality which is suponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General directorate of cultural heritage and museums, Ahi Evran University Rectorship, Turkish Historical Society, Kırsehir Chamber of Industry and Trade, the University of California, and the University of Zurich.

 

2- Neogene Period Surface Exploration of Kırşehir and Yozgat Proviences

This project started in 2011 under the chairman of Associate Professor Ahmet Cem Erkman by permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General directorate of cultural heritage and museums. The projects aims to investigate and to recover Neogene Period fossil localities in Kızılırmak basin, Hirfanlı Dam, Kırsehir and Yozgat province.

 

3-Çiçekdağı Salvage Excavation

This project was started by Kırşehir Directorate of Museum with the help of our department’s academic members in 2011 in order to prevent destruction due to illegal digs in Kale local, Teflek village, Çiçekdağı – Kırşehir. As a result of excavation, Rome Bath and tombs dating early Byzantine period, were discovered .

 

 

 

4-Karıncalı Necropolis Excavation

The excavation was started in 2016 by  the Directorate of Kırşehir Museum under the chairman of Associate Professor Ahmet Cem Erkman in Karıncalı Village, Kırşehir. The excavation of tombs is done by our department  and in order to study skeletons were brought to laboratories.

 

5-Höyüktepe Excavations

This project is run by the Directorate of Kutahya Museum with the participation of our department academic members in Kureyşler village Aslanapa, Kütahya province. The human and animal remains, dating to Old West Rome Period, are examined at our paleoanthropology labrotories.

6-Attepe Excavations

This locality was discovered during Kureysler Dam building, and the Directorate of Kutahya Museum and and our students co-operated with. Locality is dated Old East Rome Period

 

7-Dereköy Excavation

The locality was discovered at the Kureysler Barajı Salvation Excavation. The locality places in Kutahya Province Aslanapa, Dereköy. Human remains of the excavation examination  was completed by the academic members and students of our department and

 

8-Çiledir Tumulus

The locality was discovered during the building of Seyitomer Thermal Power Station in Kutahya province. The directorate of Kutahya Museum run its excavation between 2009 and 2010. The human remains of the locality is dated from the first bronze age to the old rome period

 

            9--Tokul Köyü Şapel Excavation

Tokul local dating old Rome Period, was developed after excvation in 2009. Directorate of Kutahya Museum and our department co-operated the Project between 2009 and 2010.

 

10-Old Van City Castle and Tumulus Excavation

Van Kalesi excavation is run by Istanbul University, and our department took place at this excavation between 2011 and 2012.

 

11-Domaniç Anıtsal Rome Trombs Salvage Excavations

The Rome Period skeletons, which discovered from Domanic Rome Tomb Salvation Excavation, that the directorate of Kutahya Museum run, are examined at the paleoanthropology laboratories of our department.

           

            12-Ağlayan Ağaç Excavation

The human remains of this Project, which is run by the Directorate of Amasra Museum, is also examined at paleoanthropology laboratories.

 

Some Academicians who Visited Our Department for Research and Education

 

Prof. Tim D. White

Department of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley, ABD

Prof. Leslea Hlusko

Department of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley, ABD

Prof.Dr. Christoph Zollikofer

Department of Anthropology University of Zurih, İsviçre

Dr. Marcia Ponce de León

Department of Anthropology, University of Zurih, İsviçre

Dr. P.K. Chattopadhyay

Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, Hindistan

Prof.Dr. Erksin Güleç

Ankara Üniversitesi, D.T.C.F. Anthropology Department, Ankara

Prof.Dr. Cesur Pehlevan

Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversity, Anthropology Department, Van

Prof.Dr. Başak Koca Özer

Ankara Üniversitesi, D.T.C.F. Anthropology Department, Ankara

Prof.Dr. İsmail Özer

Ankara Üniversitesi, D.T.C.F. Anthropology Department, Ankara

Prof.Dr. Mehmet Sağır

Ankara Üniversitesi, D.T.C.F. Anthropology Department, Ankara

Doç.Dr. Okşan Başoğlu

Gazi Üniversitesi, Archaeology Department, Ankara

                           Symposiums and Congress Hold by Our Department

 

  1. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) 03-06 Ekim 2010, Antalya

9. Yaşlılık Ulusal Yaşlılık Kongresi, 3-6 Mayıs 2017, Kırşehir