PROF Antonio Sagona

PROF Antonio Sagona


  • Conflict archaeology and the ANZAC Battlefield
  • The archaeology of the ancient Near East, especially Turkey and the Caucasus



  • Professor Tony Sagona is an archaeologist of the Near East and has written a number of books on the subject, including Ancient Turkey (2009) published by Routledge and co-authored with Paul Zimansky. His fieldwork has centred on ancient settlements, landscapes and cemeteries in Turkey (Anatolia), the Caucasus, and Syria. His research interests range in time from late prehistory to modern historic periods, and include the early settlement of Anatolia and the Caucasus, early complex societies of the Near East, the archaeology and anthropology of ritual and mortuary practice, approaches and techniques of excavation and survey, and, more recently, battlefield archaeology.

    In Turkey, he conducted the first systematic archaeological investigations in the provinces of Erzurum and Bayburt, which established an important cultural sequence for Turkey east of the Euphrates River. More recently, he has turned his attention to Georgia, in the southern Caucasus, where in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum he is currently working on the large site of Samtavro and the surrounding region. He is also involved in the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the ANZAC Battlefield, a collaborative project with Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Canberra), and the New Zealand Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

    Tony Sagona is an Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and an Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. He is also the editor of the journal Ancient Near Eastern Studies (an ERA category A journal, published in Leuven), and co-editor of its monograph series.   


Member of

  • Journal of Archaeology of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (Editorial Board). Editorial Board 2009 -
  • Studi di Prehistoria Orientale, Dipartimento di Scienze Antiche, Universita di Roma (Editorial Board, monograph series). Scientific Board 2009 -
  • Arkeoloji ve Sanat, Istanbul (Editorial Board, journal). Editorial Board 2007 -
  • Ian Potter Museum of Art Board, The University of Melbourne. Board 2004 -
  • Colloquia Pontica, Louvain: Peeters Press (Advisory Board, monograph series). Editorial Advisory Board 2003 -
  • Ancient West & East, Louvain: Peeters Press (Advisory Board, journal). Editorial Advisory Board 2002 -
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies (journal) and Monograph Series, Louvain: Peeters Press (Editor of both). Editor 1999 -
  • Mediterranean Archaeology, Journal of the Australian Institute at Athens (Editorial Advisory Board). Advisory and Managerial Board 1990 -
  • British Institute at Ankara. Member 1984 -
  • British Institute of Persian Studies. Member 1984 -
  • Council for British Research in the Levant. Member 1984 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1984
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne 1983
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1977

Awards and honors

  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2013
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2005
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 2004
  • Australian Academy of Humanities, 1986
  • British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, 1980
  • British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, 1978



Available for supervision

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