Thursday, July 31, 2014

It has been announced that Assoc. Prof. Zeliha Demirel Gökalp has been appointed as the new excavation director at Amorium. May she and her team enjoy great success in shedding more light on the site's rich mediaeval remains.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amorium claimed to be at Uluborlu (ancient Apollonia - Sozopolis)!

For the relevant page, click here. And its publication, here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Amorium features in the latest issue of Tarih Dergi (July 2014). Get your copy while stocks last!

For the relevant page, click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Doç. Dr. Zeliha Demirel Gökalp to give the Amorium 2013 excavations report on Friday, June 6 at 11.10 am at the 36th Annual Archaeological Symposium, to be held at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, June 2-6, 2014.

For details, click here. See also the Directorate's recent report.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Amorium team member Prof. Eric Ivison will give a paper on the Lower City Church at a major Byzantine conference entitled "Transforming Sacred Spaces" in Munich, Germany on May 14-16, 2014.

For details, click here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Amorium Fellow Nikos Tsivikis visits New York to give a lecture in the A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU on Thursday, April 10.

For details, click here.

Amorium team member Dr Olga Karagiorgou (Academy of Athens) will give a talk on the lead seals found at Amorium at the 11th International Symposium of Byzantine Sigillography to be held at the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Research Institute, Istanbul on May 9-10, 2014.

For details, click here.

MonDay, March 31, 2014

Amorium Fellow Nikos Tsivikis to give a public lecture at California State University in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 1.

For details, click here.

MonDay, January 6, 2014

We are sad to announce the passing of Mehmet Söylemez, a great friend of Amorium and a kind, generous, and compassionate person. We will miss him. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends in Turkey.

MonDay, September 23, 2013

Arzu Demirel and Chris Lightfoot attend a conference in Fredrikstad, Norway entitled Life and Death in Ancient Society: Asia Minor in Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Times, 7-11 October, 2013.

For programme details, click here.

FrIDay, September 6, 2013

Nikos Tsivikis receives the first Amorium Excavations Fellowship (2013–2014), funded by an American benefactor. During the Fellowship Nikos will work on the publication of the Final Report of the excavations in the Lower City Church conducted between 1990 and 2009, which will appear as Amorium Reports 6.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The British Institute at Ankara has launched its new website, which includes a list of Research Projects 1948–2012. For the Amorium Excavations page, click here.

Tuesday, JuLY 24, 2013

The Amorium Excavations Project receives permit to continue work this summer after a hiatus of three years. It is hoped that this is a promising start to a new chapter in the history of the Project and will lead to even more success in the future.

Tuesday, JuLY 2, 2013

Chris Lightfoot and Zeliha Demirel Gökalp meet at Amorium to discuss plans for the 2013 season. Click here for photograph.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chris Lightfoot attends the Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium in Istanbul at Koç University's RCAC, 24-27 June, 2013. Shown here with Prof. Zeynep Mercangöz on a visit to the Yenikapı excavations.

MondAy, June 3, 2013

Chris Lightfoot has been invited to deliver a keynote speech during the Tourism Panel at the 32nd Annual Conference on U.S. and Turkish Relations in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

For more information on The American-Turkish Council (ATC), click here. For the conference programme, click here (see page 23).

FridAy, March 15, 2013

The Amorium Excavations Project is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Adelaide Milton de Groot Fund, in memory of the de Groot and Hawley families, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The grant is to cover expenses incurred in 2012, including publication, site maintenance, and security costs.

SaturdAy, March 9, 2013

Nikos Tsivikis to give a talk entitled "Byzantine Economies in Transition on the Two Sides of the Aegean: Amorium in Phrygia and Messene in the Peloponnese in the 6th to 9th Centuries," at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations.

On March 15, 2013 at 16:00 at the RCAC, İstiklâl Caddesi No. 181, Merkez Han, Beyoğlu - İstanbul. See for details.

FridAy, January 11, 2013

JUST PUBLISHED: The Amorium Mint and the Coin Finds. Amorium Reports 4, by Constantina Katsari, Christopher S. Lightfoot, and Adil Özme.

To order your copy, click here. For a list of new addenda to the catalogue of coins from the Amorium mint, click here.

If you know of any other examples of Amorium coins, please contact Chris Lightfoot at

TuesdAy, December 11, 2012

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation announces generous grant to support research at Amorium through the Institute for Mediterranean Studies.

For press release, click here (English or Greek).

MondAy, December 3, 2012

With great sadness we announce the death of His Grace Bishop John of Amorion at his home in Tucker, Ga. on Saturday, December 1st, 2012. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nikos Tsivikis is to give a paper entitled "Observations on the Early Byzantine City of Amorium (4th–7th centuries)," at a conference to be held at Leskovac, Serbia on October 3-7, 2012.

For programme details, click here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Two new Roman doorstones have recently been deposited at the Amorium Dig House and have been recorded as part of the Amorium sculpture archive. They were found in December 2011 when rescue excavations were carried out by archaeologists from the Afyonkarahisar Museum.

For photos, click here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dumbarton Oaks has announced the publication of Trade and Markets in Byzantium, edited by Cécile Morrisson. It includes Chris Lightfoot's article "Business as Usual? Archaeological Evidence for Byzantine Commercial Enterprise at Amorium in the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries."

For details and to order your copy, click here.

FrIday, JuLY 27, 2012

Amorium Director Chris Lightfoot paid a visit to Amorium during a recent holiday in Turkey. He also met up several dear friends and colleagues on his brief trip, which took in Ankara, Eskişehir, Afyonkarahisar, Yalvaç, Pisidian Antioch, Kubad Abad, and Konya.

For a selection of photos from the trip, click here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Forthcoming publication of Amorium Final Reports 4. The Amorium Mint and the Coin Finds is announced by Akademie Verlag, Berlin.

To pre-order your copy, click here.

satUrday, June 2, 2012

Amorium team member Arzu Demirel gives presentation in Çorum at the 34th International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys, and Archaeometry.

For details, click here.

satUrday, May 26, 2012

Amorium Director Chris Lightfoot visits St. Petersburg seeking material about Amorium in Russian archives.

For photo, click here.

satUrday, May 5, 2012

Amorium team member Nurhak İnce visits New York.

For photos, click here.

sUNday, March 25, 2012

Amorium mentioned in the new exhibition "Byzantium and Islam. Age of Transition" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For details, click here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amorium Director Chris Lightfoot will participate in a symposium entitled "Archaeology of Turkey. State of the Field 2012" at The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, Providence R.I. on March 2-3, 2012.

For details, click here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Amorium Reports 3: The Lower City Enclosure. Finds Reports and Technical Studies is now published.

To order your copy, go to Zero Books Online. Hurry and buy your copy while stocks last!

TUESday, December 13, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website launches new Amorium page.

For the link, click here.

monday, November 28, 2011

The Amorium Excavations Project features on the newly relaunched website of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

For the link, click here and then look under "Excavations".

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Amorium Director Chris Lightfoot visits Ataturk's house during his stay in Thessaloniki and joins team member Dr. Olga Karagiorgou at the Byzantine conference in Nicosia, Cyprus.

For picture, click here.

For details of the talk he gave at the University of Thessaly at Volos, click here.

FRIday, September 16, 2011

Chris Lightfoot to give three Amorium lectures in Greece (Thessaloniki and Volos) and Cyprus (Nicosia) during October.

For details of 'Lighting in Byzantium,' the 4th International ILA Roundtable, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, click here.

For details of 'Byzantium in Transition. The Byzantine Early Middle Ages, 7th-8th Centuries,' International Workshop 1, University of Cyprus, click here.

The other talk will take place in the Department of History, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly on October 19 .

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chris Lightfoot announces decision to restart fieldwork at Amorium in 2012 with a new 5-year plan.

Villagers at Amorium (Ismail, Omer, and Sherafettin) eagerly wait to greet the excavation team next year.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Team member Muharrem Çeken visits New York and meets with Chris Lightfoot to discuss plans for the Amorium Excavations Project.

Seen here on a tour of Wall Street and South Street Seaport.

Saturday, JuLY 9, 2011

Two new volumes of the Amorium Monograph Series have now been completed and are soon to be published.

Vol. 3 : C.S. Lightfoot and E.A. Ivison (eds.), Amorium Reports 3: The Lower City Enclosure. Finds Reports and Technical Studies.

Vol. 4 : C. Katsari and C.S. Lightfoot, with A. Özme, Amorium Reports 4: The Amorium Mint and the Coin Finds.

wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chris Lightfoot (Director of Excavations, 1993– 2009) was in Turkey recently to attend the 33rd Annual Archaeological Symposium, held this year at the İnonu University in Malatya. He also subsequently visited Amorium and the Afyonkarahisar Museum.

Seen here with Amorium team members Beate Böhlendorf Arslan and Arzu Demirel at the Symposium

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chris Lightfoot (Director of Excavations, 1993– 2009) will give a talk about the site and finds to the AIA Toledo Society on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Toledo Museum of Art

Click here for details

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Team member Nikos Tsivikis visits New York, has meetings with Eric Ivison and Chris Lightfoot to discuss plans for the Amorium Excavations Project

Seen here on a tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Cloisters.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

BIAA launches Fund-Raising Appeal with Pamphlet featuring Amorium

On the cover is a photograph of conservation work during the 2007 field season at Amorium. The BIAA has not provided financial support for the Amorium Excavations Project since 2006. All funding presently comes from sources in the United States of America , including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Director set to retire.

Chris Lightfoot has decided to relinquish the post he first took up in 1993, after the sad death of the Project's first Director, Prof. R. Martin Harrison. Chris has completed some 15 years of excavation at the site. He hopes the publication later this year of Amorium Reports vols. 3 and 4 will mark a fitting end to his career at Amorium. He now wishes to concentrate on his work as Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A new Director is now urgently sought in order that work can resume on site in 2011.

In the first instance interested candidates should apply to the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara through its Director, Dr. Lutgarde Vandeput.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The famous Arab siege of Amorium took place between August 1st and 12th, A.D. 838. This year two professors, John Haldon from Princeton University and Hugh Elton from Trent University (Canada), paid a visit to Amorium on the anniversary of the event.

For a picture of their visit, click here.

TUESDAY, JuLY 6, 2010

Team members Şirin and Yıldız Bayram joined Director Chris Lightfoot to celebrate a successful trip to Turkey and discuss plans for excavations in 2011.

For a picture of the trio in Kızılay, Ankara, click here.

FRIDAY, June 11, 2010

On May 27 team member Hanna Witte gave a lecture entitled "Studies in Middle Byzantine Glass Mosaics from Amorium" at a conference at the British Museum.

For further information about the conference "New Light on Old Glass: Byzantine Glass and Mosaics" click here.

The famous dichroic Lycurgus Cup featured at the conference but sadly no mention was made of the unique early 9th-century finds of Byzantine blown dichroic glass found at Amorium.

ThurSday, May 13, 2010

Nikos Tsivikis to present the Amorium report at the 32nd International Symposium in Istanbul, 24 - 28 May 2010

In the absence of Director Chris Lightfoot the 2009 field report will be presented in Turkish by team member Nikos Tsivikis.

Dr. Arzu Demirel will also provide a separate report on her anthropological study of the two "victims" found in 2008.

Click here for programme details.

ThurSday, April 8, 2010

Director Chris Lightfoot to give concluding lecture at the CUNY Graduate Lecture Series on April 13

The lecture, entitled "Boom or Bust? Evidence for the Byzantine Economy in Anatolia from the Excavations at Amorium," will present some of the latest finds from the site. Click here for details.

WEDNESday, March 31, 2010

Eric Ivison to give lecture at Queens College, CUNY on April 22

The lecture is entitled "The Byzantine City of Amorium in the early 9th Century" and forms part of the Kallinikeion Byzantine Colloquium New Discoveries in the Archaeology of Byzantine Cities. Click here for details and programme.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Director Invited to Byzantine Archaeology in North America Conference

The conference is to be held at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. on April 9–10, 2010. Click here for details and programme.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Director Visits Amorium

From March 8 to 13 Chris Lightfoot was at Amorium to supervise work to restore the overturned containers. He was ably assisted by site guard Selahattin Arıözsoy and workman Şerafettin Çetinkaya. The visit also provided an opportunity to draw up plans and preparations for future excavation work and additional improvements to the Project facilities.

SATURDay, March 6, 2010

The Amorium Turkish website is here!

Check it out - the only British excavation in Turkey with a fully bilingual website - a fitting way to mark the day dedicated to the Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorium.

With special thanks to Matthew Noiseux.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The 2009 Excavation, Research, and Conservation Report is now available in Turkish.

Click here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Strong winds batter Amorium

On Monday, February 15, sustained high winds managed to blow over the container block that had been installed near the Lower City Church as work and accommodation units in 2008. No damage to the Byzantine ruins, excavation trenches, or village buildings has been reported. Fortunately, no-one was near the container block when it collapsed. Arrangements are now being made to carry out repairs.

Click here for Before and After photos. Recent photos kindly supplied by Mr Mevlüt Üyümez, Director of the Afyonkarahisar Museum.


Friday, February 5, 2010

CUNY Graduate Center Lecture Series

Spring 2010 (March 1―April 13)

"Byzantine Archaeology: New Approaches, New Discoveries"

Moderated by Amorium team member, Eric Ivison, Professor of History at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

For details, click here.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Yakında Amorium websitemiz Türkçe de olacaktır

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Byzantium : Splendour and Everyday Life

The exhibition at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, 26 February–13 June, 2010, will be accompanied by a volume that includes five articles in German illustrating various aspects of life at Amorium in Byzantine times.

Soon to be published: F. Daim / J. Drauschke (Hrsg.), Byzanz – Das Römerreich im Mittelalter.
Monographien des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums 84 (Mainz 2010).

For exhibition details, click here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Chris Lightfoot to give lecture on Amorium to colleagues at the Met

For details, click here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Olga Karagiorgou gives lecture at Oxford

For details, click here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Upcoming Conferences

The 13th Mediaeval and Turkish Period Excavations and Art History Research Symposium

To be held at the Pamukkale University Congress and Culture Centre, Denizli, 14–16 October, 2009. Speakers to include team members Murat Şen and Oğuz Koçyiğit.

Symposium on Byzantine Cities

To be held at the University of Crete, Rethymno, 18–20 October, 2009. Papers to include “Occupation of the 7th–9th Centuries below the Enclosure at Amorium” by team member Eric Ivison. For abstract, click here.

Centre and Periphery in the Age of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos Conference

To be held at the Centre for Hellenic Traditions, Central European University, Budapest, 12–14 November, 2009. Papers to include “Amorium: A Thematic Capital at the Time of Constantine VII and its Archaeological Remains” by Chris Lightfoot. See For abstract, click here.

New Amorium Article in Minerva

Chris Lightfoot, “The Siege of Amorium: History's Tragedy; Archaeology's Triumph,” Minerva 20/5 (September/October 2009), 27-29.



Monday, June 1, 2009

Amorium Team Members in Denizli

Chris Lightfoot and Murat Şen were joined in Denizli for the 31st Annual Archaeological Symposium by Oğuz Koçyiğit and Hüseyin Yaman. Also in attendance to hear the Amorıum presentation on Thursday, May 28 was this year’s representative Gülay Şahin and new team member Güven Deniz Apaydın. Special thanks go to Bahadır Duman and Barış Yener, who took us on a special tour of Laodiceia on Friday, May 29.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Olga Karagiorgou and Nikos Tsivikes to give papers on Amorium

Olga Karagiorgou and Nikos Tsivikes will give papers on Amorium at:

The Symposium of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeology and Art

May 15, 16, and 17, 2009, organised by the Christian Archaeological Society at the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

For the full programme (in Greek only) follow this link

Monday, May 4, 2009

2009 Team Members:

The excavation permit has now been issued.
Contact the Director if you have questions or need advice.
Remember to provide details of expenses and date/time of arrival at Amorium.

See you at Amorium!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Amorium Article Just Published!

Oğuz Koçyiğit and Chris Lightfoot, “Şarap ve Felaket,” Aktüel Arkeoloji 11 (April, 2009), 42-3.

The April 2009 issue of Aktüel Arkeoloji is now on sale at newsstands in Turkey

For international orders, see

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Amorium Receives Award

Project Director Chris Lightfoot is pleased to announce that the Adelaide and Milton De Groot Fund at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is generously supporting Amorium’s 2009 excavation season.

Plans for this year’s campaign are well advanced. Team members are advised to look out for further announcements and instructions on the website and by email.

The season will take place from June 29 until August 10, 2009. Visitors are welcome during the excavations, which will be open every day except Tuesdays.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Excavations at Amorium and the Byzantine Dark Ages" at the CUNY Graduate Center

Professor Eric Ivison is to give an illustrated lecture entitled "Excavations at Amorium and the Byzantine Dark Ages" at the CUNY Graduate Center on April 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm.

The lecture will take place in the Special Collections Reading Room (C196.05) and is sponsored by the Mina Rees Library.

Monday, March 2, 2009

New Amorium web page on the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Click here for the link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.

The Amorium Project wishes to thank Editor-in-Chief Teresa Lai and all the staff of Timeline for making this possible.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gold Glass Roundtable

For once dig director Chris Lightfoot will not be speaking about Amorium, even though the site has produced a lot of gold glass mosaic tesserae. For details of this event in New York on March 28, 2009, click here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The 31st Annual Archaeological Symposium

This year's symposium will take place between May 25 and 29 and will be hosted by Pamukkale University, Denizli. Included in the program will be a presentation in Turkish on the Amorium Excavations 2008. Details will be posted in due course.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Amorium Excavation website is happy to host the 8th Istanbul Byzantine Circular (January 2009).