British Academy success for Archaeology staff
The project ‘Water in Istanbul: Rising to the Challenge?’ has been awarded Knowledge Frontiers Funding by the British Academy.
Professor Jim Crow, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, is a co-investigator on this 2-year project led by the British Institute at Ankara.
Archaeologists, engineers, social scientists and historians from the University of Edinburgh, Northumbria University, Istanbul Technical University and the BIAA will come together to investigate water management infrastructure in Istanbul at two key phases in the city’s life – the transition from Byzantine to Ottoman rule and the period of population explosion beginning circa 1980.
Since its foundation in 330 C.E., Istanbul – now Europe’s largest city – has ‘thirsted for water’ – a problem that ruling authorities have wrestled with through time and that is equally relevant today in the context of continuing population growth and rapid climate change.
This interdisciplinary collaboration will, for the first time, allow the application of present-day hydraulic engineering modelling methods to data from the early Ottoman period with the aim of generating new knowledge and understanding of how the past system functioned and was managed.
Engineers and social scientists will work with water management experts and other local stakeholders to better-understand current needs and explore how past practices can inform solutions to contemporary water-related challenges.