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Bilkent Archaeology Day 2021

Last spring, the annual Bilkent Archaeology Day was cancelled, an early casualty of the pandemic. This year we shall resume our tradition on Sunday, April 11, on Zoom, and we shall make it colourful by speaking about polychromy in ancient art.  The theme will be What a Colourful World: Some Pigments and Colours in Antiquity.

The morning program, Polychromy: Its Context, Use, and Meaning, will be organized by the Archaeology Club of Bilkent University. Students from Bilkent and from other universities will take part, with presentations exploring examples from different parts of the world.

The afternoon program, organized by the Archaeology Department, will feature speakers from the Louvre Museum, Tübingen University, and Oxford University as well as from Bilkent.  The origin, use, and trade of dyes and pigments from various cultural contexts will be discussed, from Prehistory in Africa to Silicon Valley, through Antiquity in Mesopotamia and Anatolia.

Overlooked for too long, questions concerning polychromy have only recently attracted the interest of researchers.  We hope that this look at colours in antiquity and beyond will inspire students to learn more about this fascinating subject. As the presentations will make clear, polychromy is a large field and offers a wide and exciting choice of problems to investigate.


Bilkent Archaeology Day
11 April 2021, 13:30

– Shiyanthi Thavapalan (Tübingen University)
Ingenious Crafts: Tricks, Tips and Techniques of Craftworking in Mesopotamia

– Brigitte Bourgeois (C2RMF), Violaine Jeammet (Musée du Louvre), Yannick Vandenberghe (C2RMF)
The painter’s hand. New insights on the Polychromy of Greek Terracotta Figurines.

– Dominique Kassab Tezgör (Bilkent University) Akin Akyol (Ankara HBV University)
Looking for the Miltos of Sinope in Cappadocia

– Tuna Sare (Oxford University)
Colours of Imperial Power in Ancient Nicomedia

– Jacques Morin (Bilkent University)
From Blombos Cave to Silicon Valley

Bilkent University Archaeology Day Student Symposium Program
11th of April 2021, 9:00

Negin Derakhshan Houreh & Nefise Günaydın (Hacı Bayram Veli University)
Magnificent Adventure of Pigments in History

Şehriban Yüksel (Bilkent University)
Maykhan Uul and Its Colors from Göktürk Era

Nurgül Abut (Ankara University)
Taş Çağlarında Renkler ve Anadolu’dan Örnekler

BREAK (10 mins)

Elif Aze Bol (Bilkent University)
The Terracotta Warrirors from China and Its Colors

Serap Yılmaz (Uşak University)
The Intellectual Meanings of the Color Preffered in Ancient Temple Architecture

Dilara Uçar Sarıyıldız
The Possible Reasons for Using Colors on Sculptures in the Classical World