Bilkent University and the Labraunda excavations have signed a partnership agreement, providing an opportunity for Bilkent students from all departments, including but not limited to archaeology, to participate in the Labraunda excavations and survey during the summer field seasons starting in 2019.
Labraunda is an archaeological site located in southwestern Turkey, near Milas in Muğla province. It gained renown in the fourth century BC both as the center for the worship of Zeus Labraundos and as a locale where the Hekatomnid family, including the famous Maussollos, displayed their power.
Onsite work at Labraunda includes excavations, field surveys and the documentation and conservation of architecture and ceramics, metal finds and other objects, as well as the collection of archaeozoological, archaeobotanical and other scientific samples.
Dr. Olivier Can Henry, director of the Labraunda excavations, also holds an appointment as adjunct research scientist in the Department of Archaeology at Bilkent.
More information on the site is available at www.labraunda.org. In addition, a blog written by Bilkent students who took part in the 2018 season may be found at http://bilkentlabraundateam.blogspot.com/.