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Discovering and Preserving Byzantine Constantinople: Archaeology and Heritage Policies in Istanbul

Barış Altan    Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg    

Ayşe Ercan    Columbia University, New York, NY    

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abstract

This paper presents an overview of the archaeology and heritage policies in Istanbul focusing on the physical remains of Byzantine Constantinople. The first part discusses the archaeological excavations conducted in Istanbul over the past century, during which the Byzantine archaeology of Istanbul began to be institutionalised as a scientific field and excavations were systematically recorded. A particular focus is given to the recent and lesser-known excavation projects. In the second part of the paper, the local authorities’ approaches towards architectural heritage and conservation practices of the Byzantine monuments and architectural remains in Istanbul are analysed in order to scrutinise the contextualisation of this urban architectural heritage and elucidate how they were viewed in the past century by the various politically diverse Turkish governments.

Pubblicato
22 Agosto 2022
Accettato
29 Aprile 2022
Presentato
09 Febbraio 2022
Lingua
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-590-2

Keywords: Conservation policiesByzantine ConstantinopleArchitectural heritageByzantine archaeologyUrban rescue excavations

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