Selim Yıldız, a second-year student in the Department of Archaeology graduate program, is one of this year’s invited speakers for an international symposium on “IAW Excavations in Asia Minor” to be held at Bern University in Switzerland at the beginning of December.
Selim will talk about the Hellenistic occupation of the Lower Town at Sirkeli Höyük, a huge multiperiod site settled over almost 5,000 years, located in the Cilicia region about 40 km to the east of Adana. His work at the site, which is also part of the work for his master’s thesis, has gained international recognition over the past two years, now cumulating in the invitation to the symposium in Bern.
“We are proud to have students in our graduate program who are, despite being in the very early stages of their academic lives, already recognized as excellent researchers by the international archaeology community,” says Asst. Prof. Thomas Zimmermann, acting chair of the Department of Archaeology. “They are not only paving the way for a successful career in their field—they are also serving as envoys who represent Bilkent University as a center of academic excellence.”