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C. Çakirlar, PhD

Senior lecturer

EDAN (Emergence of Domesticated Animals in Europe)

NWO (Dutch Science Council) Free Competition project

  1. € 750K (for the Faculty of Arts only)

In this project we investigate pigs/boar & aurochs/cattle interactions with humans in the Netherlands between 5500 and 3500 BC, using zooarchaeology, aDNA, stable isotope, and radiocarbon analyses.


EU Project (2019-2022)

  1. € 1,5M (for RUG only)

Excellent Science -MSC-A (Horizon Europe) Trainining Network

  • SeaChanges provides state-of-the-art training to forge a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers able to operate at the interface of archaeology and marine biology. I am the RUG lead; with this project we fund 4 PhDs at RUG and 11 PhDs elsewhere in Europe. They investigate the thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates

Hidden Hybrids: Camels and Cultural Blending in the Ancient Near East

Wenner-Gren Foundation (2018-2020)

  1. € 17K (for the Faculty of Arts only)
  • With this project we get to the bottom of an old problem (Potts, Uerpmanns, etc). When were bactrians and dromedaries first interbed? And where? What were the cultural mechanisms that led to their hybridization? The research is conducted in Groningen, Vienna, Paris, Aydin, Berlin, Munich.


EU Project (2020-2024)

  1. € 18K (for RUG only)

Excellent Science -Research Infrastructures (Horizon Europe)

  • This project provides access to labs, collections and expertise in Heritage Science across the European Research area. GIA partners with key institutions across Europe.

Bonify 1.0 – Ovis/Capra: Virtual solutions to zooarchaeological problems

 Faculty of Arts, UG, Digital Humanities grant (completed)

  1. € 20K
  • Dr. Gary Nobles has undertaken a 3D scanning campaign of the goat and sheep reference bone collection. In collaboration with CIT, these 3D models are made accessible virtually via an android smartphone app (code name: Bonify). The app makes use of head mounted devices (e.g. google cardboard) to augment reality, superimposing the 3D model within the real world, this is along similar lines as the recent Pokémon GO craze. The app is used in current research  and teaching programmes. Accessible around the world, it aims to enable researchers and students access to these vital reference materials wherever they are. This research has been tested and published on a website and as a peer-reviewed journal article. 

Ancient Fisheries Project

 Tegner Award from the Marine Conservation Institute (completed)

  1. €7K (for the Faculty of Arts only)
  • The Eastern Mediterranean (EM) is one of the most impoverished marine reserves of our planet. Although this condition is generally attributed to post-Suez anthropogenic impact, it is unlikely that the coastal waters of the EM were in a pristine state before recent industrialization. The EM is arguably the oldest continuously and intensively humanized seascape of the world. From Homeric Troy to Biblical Ashkelon, the basin is surrounded by some of the earliest cities in history. Their ruins are abundant with fishing equipment, mollusc shells, and fish bones; all tangible evidence for millennia of human-fisheries interaction. What was the nature and scale of this interaction? How large was anthropogenic impact on fisheries? This project aims to explore these questions through the extraction of catch composition and size range data from a rare fish bone assemblage from the ancient harbour of Kinet Höyük (5000 and 700 BP), located near the Syrian border of Turkey. This study is the first of its kind to be conducted in the region and the results will constitute a reproducible baseline for future conservation research in the EM. 

De Honden van van Giffen: A digitization project

KNAW (Royal Academy of Sciences) Small Data Project (DANS) (completed)

  1. € 15K (for the Faculty of Arts only)
  • Dit project heeft als doel de, door van Giffen verzamelde, bijzonder waardevolle maar ongepubliceerde gegevens over archeologische hondenskeletten te digitaliseren en toegankelijk te maken voor onderzoek.

Successful small data project! : Read the item on the KNAW webpage

Foodways and Environmental Management in the Age of Global EncountersEnvironmental Archaeological Investigation of Classical and Hellenistic Patara (Antalya, Turkey) in the eastern Mediterranean Basin 

Resarch Centre for Mediterranean Civilizations (AKMED) (2020-2021)

In collaboration with 

Dr. Do─ča Karakaya (University of Tübingen), Dr. Erkan Dündar (Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Antalya), Dr. Alper Yener Yavuz (Mehmet Akif Ersoy Üniversitesi, Burdur)

Last modified:17 February 2021 9.55 p.m.

Contact information

Poststraat 6
9712 ER Groningen
The Netherlands

GIA zooarchaeology lab

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08:30-17:30, Monday-Friday

Zooarchaeology Lab