REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS AND SURVEYS IN TURKEY FOR 2019
[ARIT Permit Review Memo and Format .doc or .pdf ]
[Traditional Turkish Visa Application Form (return seven copies with original signatures) ]
Relevant regulations from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate:
NOTE: In February 2016, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued an updated Directive (Yönerge) concerning the rules and principles for conducting survey, sondage, and excavations on cultural and natural heritage, dated 17 February 2016. A recent update (8-2018, Madde 9, bb) concerns handling of samples for DNA analysis.
2013 update was issued to the 2012 Directive. A chart comparing the 2013 and 2012 Yönerges is posted for reference here.
Prior Directive (Yönerge) concerning the rules and principles for conducting survey, sondage, and excavations on cultural and natural heritage, 24 February 2012.
English translation of the Directive (Yönerge), courtesy the British Institute at Ankara.
Turkish Regulations .pdf]
[June 2005 regulation ammendments.pdf]
[August 2005 regulation ammendments.pdf] RESCINDED 9-09
[December 2009 notice .pdf] [December 2009 notice - English translation]
Current permit application procedures are posted in Turkish on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
the ongoing request of the Director General for Culture and Tourism, ARIT will continue to review
applications for archaeological excavations and surveys in Turkey for 2019. The policy is part of an effort to aid the General Directorate in making
informed decisions on applications coming from abroad. The Directorate is particularly concerned about the credentials of
scholars who have previously worked little if at all in Turkey, about the
scholarly integrity of the project, and the financial prospects for seeing the
project to completion.
to submitting an application to the Turkish Embassy for excavation or survey, a
summary description of the proposed work should be sent first to ARIT. The Turkish Embassy in Washington will also refer applicants to ARIT. As in the past, the Turkish Embassy will continue to provide application
forms to applicants. A committee
appointed by the President of ARIT in consultation with ARIT Officers and
Directors will review the applications. Details
are as follows:
deadline for submitting project descriptions to ARIT is November 1, 2018.
project description should include the information listed on the attached
"Information for Review..." Lengthy statements or copies of detailed
grant proposals are not needed.
for survey need to include a clear photocopy of a map indicating the area to be
surveyed, in order to avoid overlaps with other survey projects. The maps should be at as large a scale as is available.
will immediately inform applicants of its recommendations. In any case, due to time constraints, complete applications
should then be submitted directly to the Turkish Embassy in Washington, in any case by no
later than December 1, 2018. Clearance
by ARIT does not carry the guarantee that applications will be approved by the
statements and accompanying materials should be sent directly to ARIT
Headquarters: The University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street,
Philadelphia PA 19104-6324 (telephone: (215) 898-3474; fax: (215) 898-0657; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
looks upon the review procedure as a positive process, to give Turkish
officials assurance that projects coming from the U.S. are scholarly and
likely to secure adequate funding.
i.e., non-team applications for archaeological research in Turkey, e.g., to
study museum collections or to conduct other personal research outside the
context of an excavation or survey, should be made through the Ministry
of Tourism and Culture.
INFORMATION FOR REVIEW OF PROPOSED EXCAVATIONS AND SURVEYS FOR 2019
Name and institutional
affiliation of applicant.
telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address.
vitae, including fieldwork experience and bibliography.
Site for excavation or area
for survey; include, as appropriate, province (il), sub-district (ilce), and village. For
surveys, please append a clear copy of a map showing the area(s) proposed for survey.
dates of work.
statement on proposed work, up to two single-spaced pages in length.
7. Planned staffing (e.g.,
excavators, surveyors, architects, conservators, etc.).
One or both of the
following: a letter of guarantee of support from the applicant's institution, including the amount of funding; a statement of funds
applied for (or to be applied for), including the granting organization(s) and amount(s)
send the above information to ARIT by NOVEMBER 1, 2018: c/o The University of Pennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street,Philadelphia PA 19104-6324 (telephone: (215) 898-3474; fax: (215) 898-0657; or by email: leinwand at sas.upenn.edu). On the basis of a committee review, ARIT will, by
November 15, make its recommendations to the General Directorate for Monuments
and Museums in Ankara. Project
directors will immediately be informed of ARIT's recommendations. It is not necessary to wait for a reply from ARIT to submit your
permit application to the Turkish Embassy. Applications
should be submitted to the Turkish Embassy in Washington no later than December
1, 2018. The application
regulations and application
form for researchers are posted above. Current permit application procedures are posted in Turkish on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
To obtain the research visa, there are
instructions for completing the form posted on
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Addresses for December 1 submission:
2525 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008
or consulate nearest your location.
T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı
Kültür Varlıkları ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlüğü
II. TBM Meclis Binası Yanı
Ulus, Ankara 06110
Telephone: +90 (312) 470 80 00 (Ministry operator)
Fax: (0312) 508 60 47