Dr Tuna Şare Ağtürk

Academic Background

Upon receiving my BA in Archaeology and Art History at Bilkent University (Turkey), I was granted a full scholarship from the High Educational Council of Turkey to complete my MA in Art History and Museum Studies at Rutgers University (USA). I completed my PhD at the same university with a thesis on the dress and identity in the ancient visual culture of Western Asia Minor. I also completed an intensive summer program at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In 2011, I was appointed as an assistant professor of classical art at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey and continued my teaching and research in Turkey. During the academic year of 2013-2014, I was a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. In 2015, I was awarded a research grant from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and became the director of Çukurbağ Archaeological Project in the ancient Roman capital city of Nicomedia, where we discovered a Diocletianic complex adorned with a monumental painted marble frieze representing imperial and mythological scenes. In 2017, I received my tenured associate professorship in classical archaeology at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. During the academic year of 2018-2019, I was a Hillies Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University. As a Marie Curie fellow at Oxford University, my primary aim is to continue to research and write a monograph on my ongoing archaeological project in Nicomedia. 

Research Interests

My main research interests are ancient Greek and Roman art and archaeology of Asia Minor. As my publication record shows, my research focus ranges from Archaic and Classical figurines from Ionia, Lycia, and the Troad to marble reliefs of Lycian tombs, and to Roman imperial reliefs from Nicomedia. My team’s recent research in the ancient Roman city of Nicomedia has brought to light one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the recent years in Turkey, a new monument of Roman power in Asia Minor. It is an extensively preserved set of painted marble frieze panels and colossal statues with an excellent archaeological and architectural context from the Tetrarchic period, from the centre of Diocletian’s empire at Nicomedia. As a Marie Curie fellow, my current research project involves the publication of this new Diocletianic complex in Nicomedia. Other topics I worked or published on can be thematically grouped as ancient dress and identity, cross-cultural interactions and material hybridity in Asia Minor, ancient polychromy, archaeomusicology, monuments of Roman imperial cult, Tetrarchic imagery, and Classical reception in Turkey.

Throughout my career, I have participated in archaeological excavations at Salerno, Hacımusalar, and Assos. Since 2015, I am leading the Çukurbağ Archaeological Project in Nicomedia (modern Turkish city of İzmit). 

Research Keywords

Cross-cultural interactions and material hybridity in Asia Minor, ancient dress and identity, Late Roman Art and Archaeology, Tetrarchic imagery, Nicomedia, visual culture of the cities of the Greek East, ancient sculptural polychromy


I have designed and taught several courses on Greek/ Roman art and archaeology both in undergraduate and graduate level (in English and Turkish) and given lectures at several international conferences, mainly in relation to the ancient visual culture of Asia Minor. 


Full Publications: Dr Tuna Şare Ağtürk Publications 2019

Selected Publications: