Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences

Special Issue on Geoarchaeological Investigations in Anatolia and its Immediate Surroundings

Due to favorable geographical conditions, early humans established settlements in Anatolia (Asia Minor) and its surrounding areas during prehistoric times, leading to the emergence of great civilizations. Impressive Neolithic sites such as Göbekli Tepe and Çatalhöyük, along with Bronze and Iron Age settlements, flourished in Anatolia. Geologically, the Anatolian region is situated at an active tectonic plate boundary, exposing it to natural hazards such as earthquakes. Many ancient cities in Anatolia were destroyed by earthquakes or earthquake-triggered landslides. Therefore, researching the cultural development of Anatolia, its natural hazards, geology, mineral resources, and archaeology will notably enhance scientific knowledge and aid in preserving Turkish cultural heritage.

To contribute significantly to this field of study, we are planning to publish a special volume in the Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, titled "Geoarchaeological Investigations in Anatolia and its Immediate Surroundings." For this significant volume, we cordially invite contributions from scientists worldwide engaging in Anatolian studies, encompassing the following research topics. We eagerly anticipate your valuable contributions to this initiative.

Submitted papers must be in accordance with the requirements of Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences. They must be submitted at https://www2.cloud.editorialmanager.com/turkishjearthsci/default2.aspx

While submitting your manuscript, please choose one of the below options as the article type:

  • SI - Research Article - Geoarchaeological Investigations in Anatolia
  • SI - Review Article - Geoarchaeological Investigations in Anatolia

Research topics

  • Ancient marble mining and marble trade in Anatolia
  • Ancient metallic mining and archaeometallurgy in Anatolia
  • Archaeometry and provenance studies
  • Geophysical research methods at archaeological sites
  • Advances in analytical techniques on archaeological objects
  • Historical earthquakes and their effects on ancient sites
  • Climate change and its effects on the ancient settlements in Anatolia
  • Ceramics and glass production in ancient time in Anatolia


  • Manuscript submission deadline: June 15, 2024
  • Reviewer evaluations due date: September 15, 2024
  • Proposed publication of the Special Issue: December, 2024

Guest editors

  • Namık Aysal, İstanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Department of Geological Engineering. Email:
  • Gubaz Mustafa Kibaroğlu, Institute for Pre- and Protohistory and Medieval Archaeology, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen. Email:
  • Hüseyin Öztürk, İstanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Department of Geological Engineering. Email:
  • Tamer Koralay, Pamukkale University, Department of Geological Engineering. Email:
  • Ümit Güder, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf, Germany. Email: