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).