Tell Atchana Excavations and Amuq Valley Research Center (AHAM) is dedicated to study of the archaeological history of Hatay and its surroundings, specifically the Amuq. The center was built over the course of the last 20 years, according to the visions of K. Aslıhan Yener and Murat Akar. The center is fully equipped with a restoration laboratory, photography studio, design studio, open-air material research spaces, offices, a digital data processing station, a depot, and dormitories that allow up to 40 people to work during excavation and on materials throughout the year.

The center is used not only by Tell Atchana Excavations, but it also hosts the research-rescue excavations at Toprakhisar Höyük, the Amuq Valley Regional Survey, and the Amuq Valley Paleoclimate research project. The depot’s state of the art organization allows easy access to the stored collections and proudly provides an exemplary model for archaeological data storage, as all these projects follow a no-discard policy.

The depo is open to research visits according to our open access policy for research collections.

The Research Center is established and running with the  generous supports from various sponsors and institutions. This in particular include Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism,  Fund for Amuq  Valley  Archaeological Expeditions (FAVAE, Anthony T. DEAN and Lawrie DEAN), Institute for Aegean Prehistory and  Hatay Mustafa Kemal University.