Name Dr Duygu Çamurcuoğlu, ACR, FIIC
Contact Mobile: + 447808726522
Language Turkish (Native)
English (Fluent), Greek (Upper intermediate)
Educational Qualifications and Awards
-2019 Nigel Williams Award on the Use of Er:YAG laser in the Removal of Biological growth from Polychrome Archaeological Terracotta Figurines from Cyprus
–2015 PhD in Material Science/Archaeology, University College London
The technological study of the Çatalhöyük wall paintings (Turkey): Materials, Technologies and Artists.
-2007 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Grant for a PhD degree in Archaeology/Material Science.
-2003/2004 Institute of Archaeology, University College London
MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums / Year II
Internship year undertaken at the Conservation Department of the British Museum.
Conservation Internship at the British Museum -metals, stone, ceramics and glass section- . Archaeological objects conservation, research on the use of Cyclododecane on friable ceramic artefacts prior to transportation, conservation work for the high class exhibitions e.g. Buried Treasure exhibition, Islamic Addis Gallery and Sudan exhibition. Distinction on the internship portfolio.
-2002/2003 Institute of Archaeology, University College London
MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums / Year I
Conservation processes of inorganic and organic (land and marine) archaeological materials.
-2001/2002 Institute of Archaeology, University College London
MA in Principles of Conservation, Institute of Archaeology
Courses taken: Principles in Conservation (core course, an introduction to the different materials and preventive conservation methods), Issues in Conservation (core course,
an introduction to practical and ethical issues within the conservation field), Management of Archaeological Sites (optional, an introduction to the archaeological site conservation (mainly preventive) and the site and conservation management
MA Dissertation on Ethical and Practical Issues involved in conservation and interpretation of mosaics within the museum context (2002 September)
-ICON UK Leadership Launchpad Mastermind Training Programme (ongoing, 2019)
-Engaging Managers (2019)
-BM CASCADE (Museum and Heritage Sector) Training (2019)
-Introduction to BM Finance (2019)
-ICON UK PACR Assessor training (Qualified Assessor, 2019)
-Aspiring Managers, The British Museum Manager Training Programme (2018)
-Attendance management (2017)
-Conducting an RPD (2017)
-Advanced Integrated Pest Management (2015)
-Professional Accreditation gained from the Institute of Conservation, (ICON-PACR, Professional Accreditation for Conservators and Restorers) (2014)
-Train the Trainer, The British Museum Manager Training Programme (2013)
-Project Management, The British Museum Manager Training Programme (2012)
-Introduction to Management, The British Museum Manager Training Programme (2011)
-Workload Management, The British Museum Manager Training Programme (2011)
-Laser Cleaning Course, Conservation Centre, Liverpool (2007)
-International English Language Testing System (2000).
-International Academic Project, Chemistry For
Conservators Correspondence Course (1999).
-Degree in Classical Greek and Roman Archaeology
(Upper Second), The Faculty of Art and Literature,
Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey (1998).
-High school education, Istanbul, Turkey (1994).
Conservation Career to Date
Senior objects conservator, the British Museum.
Managing funded/non-funded projects with the curatorial, collections and the exhibition departments, carrying out/organizing loan assessments and travelling as a loans conservator, conserving objects for gallery refurbishments, permanent and temporary exhibitions, loans and research, acting as the exhibitions conservator, organizing/managing work between conservation and exhibition teams, advising on storage, display and environmental conditions, supervising/supporting interns and colleagues, public outreach, carrying out conservation research into new techniques and materials, advising national and international projects on their conservation needs, organizing/teaching conservation modules as part of the British Museum’s Training programs, staff management.
Projects at the British Museum:
-Lead exhibition conservator for the Nero exhibition (2019-2020)
-Lead ceramics, glass and metals conservator for Troy exhibition (2019-2010)
-Lead exhibition conservator for the ‘I am Ashurbanipal: King of the world, King of Assyria’ exhibition at the British Museum (2018-2019).
-Development and delivery of the conservation module for the Iraq Training Scheme at the British Museum (2016-present).
-International Conservation Projects Coordinator for the British Museum. Managing and organizing conservation and collections care work for the Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016).
– Lead project conservator for the Ur Digitization Project at the British Museum. Assessment and conservation of all ceramic, metal and stone artefacts in the British Museum collections, which were excavated from the prehistoric settlement of Ur, Iraq (2014-2016).
– Project conservator for the Staffordshire Hoard Conservation project/British Museum part. Collaborating/liaising with the owner museums (Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries/Stoke-On Trent Museum) to organize the conservation and scientific investigation work on some of the Staffordshire Hoard objects. Undertaking investigative conservation work on the objects including X-raying, remedial conservation and the detailed technological study for supporting the post-excavation publication and the public display at the owner museums (2013-2014).
– Lead metals conservator for the Cypriot Gallery refurbishment at the British Museum. Assessing the metal objects for the new gallery, undertaking practical conservation work, advising on display and the environmental conditions. Closely collaborating with the curator, museum assistants and the exhibitions team (2013).
-Lead exhibitions conservator, responsible for organizing/managing the Citi Bank funded Money Gallery Project at the British Museum. Collaborating/liaising with the Coins and Medals department as well as with the conservation department to organize the conservation work, safe display and the maintenance of the permanent gallery (2012).
-Project Conservator, responsible for organizing/managing the Hallaton Roman Helmet Conservation Project. Collaborating/liaising with the partner museum to organize the conservation, public display and the publication of the Roman helmet involving both British Museum and the Market Harborough Museum, UK. Undertaking investigative conservation work on the objects including X-raying, remedial conservation, reconstruction and the detailed technological study for supporting the post-excavation publication and the public display at the owner museum (2011-2012).
-Lead project conservator for the Frome Hoard, UK. Cleaning of the Carasius coins for a detailed study and publication (2010).
-Head Conservator, the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Konya, Turkey (2004-2011).
Managing the conservation team, buildings and small finds conservation. Remedial and preventive conservation work both on small finds and the mudbrick buildings. Providing field conservation training and supervision for the MA and MSc Conservation students from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Training and working with local communities. Conservation coordinator for the Çatalhöyük Exhibitions.
-Freelance conservator for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL (2011).
-Visiting lecturer on ceramics, glass and metals conservation at the University College London (UCL), UK. Visiting lecturer on stone conservation at UCL Qatar (2013-2015).
-Freelance conservator to work on the Ain Ghazal lime plaster statues from Jordan, Institute of Archaeology, UCL (2008).
-Freelance stone and sculpture conservator, Cliveden Conservation Workshops LTD. (1999-2000).
-Small objects and site conservation (inorganic and organic materials, land/marine) involving retrieval from the soil, structural and chemical stabilisation, reconstruction and further restoration and display.
-Research on the practical and preventative conservation problems related to archaeological objects, buildings and sites in general. The development and use of conservation materials for individual circumstances and objects.
-Heritage and Site Management in close relationship to site and objects conservation.
-Communicating conservation to public and to local communities who particularly live around heritage sites. Working with public to create a deep understanding and interest for conservation. Teaching conservation (practical and theory) in all levels.
Other Skills and Interests
- Competent on using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop.
- Competent on translating literature between English and Turkish.
- Competent on using and developing conservation databases.
-Research on materials, interventive and preventive conservation problems related to objects, buildings and sites in general. The development and use of conservation materials for individual circumstances and objects.
-Conservation engagement for international projects, exhibitions and loans, including remedial and preventive work, public outreach and interpreting conservation.
-Communicating conservation to public and to local communities. Working with public to create a deep understanding and interest for conservation. Teaching conservation (practical and theory) in all levels. Designing and organizing conservation training programmes for colleagues and students.
-Leadership, influencing and making impact in Conservation.
International memberships of professional bodies
ICON UK (Accredited member and Trustee), ICOM, IIC (Fellow)
Conference and Workshop Organizations
-Senior committee member (organization and scientific committees) for the ICOM-CC/ICON UK Ceramics and Glass Working Groups Interim meeting, Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation, British Museum, 5-7 September 2019, (2018-2019).
-Senior committee member (organization and scientific committees) for the ‘Talking Heavy’ Workshop on Site Conservation, Documentation and Presentation of Heavy Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin (Istanbul, September 2016), together with BM/ITP and the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul, Turkey (2014-2016).
-Senior committee member for organizing the IIC (International Institute for Conservation) Istanbul 2010 Conference “Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean”(2009-2010).
-Committee member for organizing the IIC (International Institute for Conservation) London 2008 Conference “Conservation and Access” (2007-2008).
Selected Published Works Up to Date
- Pereira Pardo, L., Camurcuoglu, D., Orsini, M., Vasiliou, S., Weglowska, K., Kiely, T., Korenberg, C. (2019) The Use of an Er:YAG laser in the Removal of Biological growth from Polychrome Archaeological Terracotta Figurines from Cyprus. In Mandrus, J., Schussler, V. (eds) Recent Advances in Glass and Ceramics Conservation. Proceedings of the ICOM-CC/ICON UK Ceramics and Glass Working Group Interim Meeting 5-8 September 2019, London, 77-86
- Pereira Pardo, L., Camurcuoglu, D., Orsini, M., Vasiliou, S., Weglowska, K., Kiely, T., Korenberg, C. (2018) Erbium YAG laser treatment of biological growth on polychrome terracotta and limestone statuettes from Archaic Cyprus, LACONA XII Conference, 10-14 Sept. 2018, Paris.
- Pereira-Pardo, L., Korenberg, C., Naidorf, S., Baldwin, A., Camurcuoglu D. (2017). Investigating the use of the Er:YAG laser for the conservation of inorganic archaeological artefacts, Proceedings of the ICOM-CC International Conference, 4-8 September 2017, Copenhagen.
- Radivojevic, M., Rehren, T., Farid, S., Pernicka, E., Camurcuoglu, D. (2017) Repealing the Çatalhöyük extractive metallurgy: The green, the fire and the ‘slag’. Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 86, October 2017, 101-122.
- Çamurcuoğlu, D., Siddall, R. (2016) Plastering the Prehistory: Marl as a unique material to cover, maintain and decorate the Neolithic walls of Çatalhöyük. Historic Mortars Conference 2016 (10-12 October 2016), Conference proceedings, Santorini, Greece.
- Çamurcuoğlu, D. (2013) Çatalhöyük wall paintings: materials, technologies and artists, in Hodder, I. (ed.), Substantive Technologies at Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000-2008 Seasons. London: British Institute at Ankara; Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.
- Hockey, M., Shearman, F., Çamurcuoğlu, D. (2013) The Hallaton Helmet: excavation and reconstruction of a unique assemblage. ICOM-CC Metals 2013 Conference proceedings, Edinburgh, 13-17.
- Cleere, D. (2005) Cyclododecane Reinvestigated: An Experimental Study on using Cyclododecane to secure unstable ceramic surfaces prior to transportation, Conservation News Magazine, Archaeology section, Issue 94, 26-28.
- Kevin, P., Ward, C., Çamurcuoğlu Cleere, D., Carthwright, C. (2010) The Conservation of an Anglo-Saxon Composite Stave-Made Vessel from Ringlemere Kent, Journal of the Institute of Conservation (ICON), Volume 33, Issue 2, 163 – 177.
- Atalay, S, Çamurcuoğlu, D., Hodder, I., Moser, S., Orbasli, A., Pye E. (2010) Protecting and Exhibiting Çatalhöyük. In Eres, Z. (ed) Public Display and Open Air Museum of Prehistoric Sites. TUBE KED (Cultural Inventory Journal of the Turkish Academic Science), Issue 8, 155-166.
- Pye, E., Çamurcuoğlu, D. (2009) Conserving Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic site in Anatolia. Archaeology International, [S.l.], v. 12, 42-46
- Çamurcuoğlu, D. (2007) New Shelter for Çatalhöyük, The IIC Newspaper, Issue 2.
- Çamurcuoğlu, D., Felter, M. (2006) Conserving the Oldest ‘Neolithic Settlement of Çatalhöyük, ICON Magazine, Issue 3.