The archaeology of the ancient Near East, especially Turkey and the Caucasus
Professor Tony Sagona is an archaeologist of the Near East and has written a number of books on the subject, including Ancient Turkey (2009) published by Routledge and co-authored with Paul Zimansky. His fieldwork has centred on ancient settlements, landscapes and cemeteries in Turkey (Anatolia), the Caucasus, and Syria. His research interests range in time from late prehistory to modern historic periods, and include the early settlement of Anatolia and the Caucasus, early complex societies of the Near East, the archaeology and anthropology of ritual and mortuary practice, approaches and techniques of excavation and survey, and, more recently, battlefield archaeology.
In Turkey, he conducted the first systematic archaeological investigations in the provinces of Erzurum and Bayburt, which established an important cultural sequence for Turkey east of the Euphrates River. More recently, he has turned his attention to Georgia, in the southern Caucasus, where in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum he is currently working on the large site of Samtavro and the surrounding region. He is also involved in the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the ANZAC Battlefield, a collaborative project with Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Canberra), and the New Zealand Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
Tony Sagona is an Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and an Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. He is also the editor of the journal Ancient Near Eastern Studies (an ERA category A journal, published in Leuven), and co-editor of its monograph series.