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idea lab


 Human Behavioral Ecology and Archaeometry


                                                                  (IDEA Lab)

  The concept of idea in the study of humans indicates the biological and sociocultural existence of the human. Although ‘ecology’ is originally established as a biological concept, contemporary studies and anthropological perspective point out that we can handle past-to-present interactions between human societies and their environment, and the consequences of such interactions under this concept. On the other hand, archaeometry defines the science and engineering studies conducted on the findings as well as the bioarcheological and archaeological materials found during archaeological excavations.

  As can be followed from past examples, interdisciplinary communication has played a significant role in the rapid development of science. However, the integration of social sciences with science and technology has been a remarkable gain in recent years. Advanced technologies need to be combined with the knowledge of social sciences. Anthropology is one of the most appropriate fields to fulfill this mission, as it examines the human being as a bio-cultural entity in a holistic way.

  Designing and conducting joint projects with relevant research institutions is indispensable for IDEA lab to emphasize the universal nature of science. The main objectives of IDEA include, but not limited to, organizing scientific events (symposia, congresses, workshops, books, publications, media studies) arranged within the framework of the work carried out, and more importantly, creating an infrastructure and projects that will train new researchers who are compatible with interdisciplinary and teamwork at the graduate level.

Human Behavioral Ecology and Archaeometry Laboratory (Idea Lab) was established in 2017 by Ali Metin Büyükkarakaya in Hacettepe University Advanced Technologies Research and Application Center (HÜNİTEK).




Idealab brings together scientists from different geographies, institutes, and disciplines. The lab is also main bioarchaeology lab of the Association of Mediterranean Cultural Heritage Research Studies and serves as an international research hub. Under each topic, we carry out joint studies with researchers from several disciplines such as anthropology, archeology, geology, geography, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. The

institutions that have researchers who collaborate with Idealab and those that contribute to the projects carried out in the laboratory are listed below.



Hacettepe University; Middle East Technical University; Koc University; Ankara University; Istanbul University; Ege University; Mugla University; Mus Alpaslan University; Izmir Demokrasi University, Pamukkale University, University of Nevada, Reno; University of Central Florida; University of Trieste; Charles University (Prague), Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France; The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology; Arizona University; Cambridge University; York University.



Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM); American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT); The French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA); Institute of Archeology of the Czech Academy of Science, Prague; Accademia Jaufré Rudel di studi medievali Gradisca d'Isonzo - Italia; Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb; Science and Technology in Archeology and Culture Research Center of The Cyprus Institute; Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME); Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée (MOM); Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena.



Museum of Anatolian Civilizations; the Istanbul Archaeology Museums;  Niğde Museum; Muş Museum; Elmalı Museum.




31.10.2022 - 04.11.2022

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