About the Symposium

The Forum of Civilisations along the Silk Road

International Symposium on East Anatolia – South Caucasus Cultures
10-13 October 2012

         This territory, in the northern part of the Southeastern Taurus Mountains and the southern part of the Caucasus Mountains, constitutes one of the most important cultural regions of the Near East’s ‘Eastern Anatolia and Southern Caucasus Cultural Area’. The region shares an important partnership in terms of geography and culture, and is the gateway from the Near East to the wider Asian world. At the same time this region is the source of five big rivers; Euphrates, Tigris, Araxes, Çoruh and Kura, which are vital to the Near East’s civilisations. Archaeological research into this territory, which is the focus of our symposium, began more than one hundred years ago.”

        Atatürk University, one of the oldest educational institutions, plays an important role in the archaeological improvement of the area, and ESRUC (Eurasian Silk Road Universities Consortium) headed by Atatürk University is planning to examine the archaeological background by this international symposium. The symposium, called ‘The International Symposium of East Anatolian- South Caucasian Archaeology’ that will take place between 10 – 13 October 2012, will consist of not only the region’s archaeology but also Ancient History, Art History and Ethnoarchaeology, which will be discussed in detail in different sections. In geographical terms, the scope of the symposium includes the Eastern part of Turkey and today’s Transcaucasus countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Iran. The time to be considered during the symposium will be from the Paleolithic Era up until the end of the Middle Ages.

        The languages of both the presentation and publication of the symposium are Turkish and English. Also, a simultaneous translation service will be performed during the course of the presentations. Following the symposium, publishing of the symposium papers will be implemented at the soonest time possible.