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Elifgül Doğan

Elifgül Doğan

Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre

PhD Student in Archaeology

PhD Title: Politics, Identity and Ethics in Heritage Preservation: Managing Archaeological Human Remains in Turkey

Department of Archaeology
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3DZ


In 2016, I received my BA (Hons) in Archaeology and History of Art, and my minor in International Relations at Koç University (Istanbul) where I specialized in Anatolian archaeology and heritage management. Owing to my fascination with archaeological human remains, I focused my graduate research on the management of archaeological human remains collections and obtained my MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museum Studies from Koç University in 2018.

Between 2013 and 2018, besides participating in several archaeological excavations/ surveys in Turkey, I worked as a research and teaching assistant at Koç University, as a GIS research fellow at the UrbanOccupations OETR Project, and then as a short term curatorial intern at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (for the ‘Curating Heads: What Does it mean to be Human?’ Exhibition, 2017). Currently, I am working as a collection management trainee at the Duckworth laboratory in the Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at Cambridge.

My PhD research brings together interdisciplinary methodologies from anthropology, archaeology, and heritage studies to investigate the problems and challenges associated with the management of archaeological human remains in Turkey.  I also examine how different attitudes surrounding the ethics and repatriation of human remains have evolved in Turkey in relation to conflicting perceptions of identity.


Research Interests

  • Archaeology of human remains & Anthropology
  • Ethics in archaeological research and heritage studies
  • Collection management & Museum studies
  • Heritage legislation and policy
  • Socio-politics of the Past
  • Heritage and memory of war


Research Supervision

PhD Supervised by: Dr Jody Joy

Advisor: Dr. Trish Biers



  • Legislation
  • Archaeological human remains
  • Anthropology
  • Heritage management
  • Ethics