Assoc. Prof. Thomas Zimmermann of the Department of Archaeology was recently appointed a member of the Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP) Scientific Commission for the Metal Ages in Europe.
The focus of the commission reaches beyond the borders of continental Europe to include the wider Mediterranean world in the first, second and third millennia BCE. It holds at least one international scientific meeting each year on current topics of interest in the field, such as chronology, material culture, settlements, burials, landscapes and technology.
“One of the current goals of the UISPP Commission presidency is to more actively involve Turkey not only as the proverbial bridge between the Orient and the Occident, but also as a center of innovation in prehistory. I’m very happy and proud to be part of this process,” says Dr. Zimmermann.
The UISPP, founded in Bern, Switzerland in 1931, has been a member of the UNESCO-affiliated International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences since 1955. It groups together the many fields related to prehistoric and protohistoric studies, including archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, geology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, geography, history, numismatics, epigraphy and mathematics.