Prof Stephen Mitchell, the Chairman of the British Institute at Ankara, will discuss the recent archaeological research, in particular the discovery of important new inscriptions, that have made it possible to re-evaluate the history of Ankara, the most important city of central Asia Minor in the Roman and Byzantine periods. He will present new evidence for dating the late Roman city wall in the 3rd century, and for dating the famous Byzantine fortifications of Ankara Kale to the 9th century as opposed to the 7th century. These proposals have important consequences for our overall understanding of the city’s history between the 3rd and 10th centuries.
Since 2004 Prof Mitchell’s main research project in Turkey has been the publication of the Greek and Latin inscriptions of Ankara, in collaboration with the former BIAA director, the late David French. (David Barchard recently wrote a blog post in memory of David French, the intrepid explorer of Anatolia’s Roman roads who passed away in March.)