Project directors

Lars Karlsson has been the Director of the Swedish Labraunda project since 2004.

In 1992, he defended his PhD dissertation about ancient fortifications and architecture in Sicily, Fortification Towers and Masonry Techniques in the Hegemony of Syracuse, 405-211 B.C. (published by the Swedish Institute in Rome, 1992). He has written extensively on Greek and Roman fortification techniques. Karlsson has also directed excavations in the Etruscan city of San Giovenale in Italy and has published a major volume on the excavations at this Etruscan site: San Giovenale. Area F East. Huts and Houses on the Acropolis (published by the Swedish Institute in Rome, 2006). Karlsson is now preparing a volume on The Forts and Fortifications of Labraunda. He is Professor of Classical Archaeology at Uppsala University in Sweden.


Jesper Blid is a Swedish archaeologist.

He has worked at Labraunda since 2005 and defended his PhD thesis: Felicium Temporum Reparatio: Labraunda in Late Antiquity (c. AD 300-600), Stockholm University, in September of 2012. He is currently working on a publication of the Hellenistic and Roman remains around the Temple Terrace of Labraunda together with Ragnar Hedlund.


Pontus Hellström is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University.

He was formerly Director of the Swedish Archaeological Institute at Athens (1972-1976), Head of the Graeco-Roman Department at the Museum for Mediterranean Antiquities in Stockholm (1976-1990) and Director of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (1990-1992), before coming to Uppsala. He obtained his PhD in 1972 at Lund, has excavated in Sudanese Nubia, Italy, Greece and Turkey, and was the Director of field-work at Labraunda 1979-2003. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His first book on Labraunda was Pottery of Classical and Later Date, Terracotta Lamps and Glass (1965); The Temple of Zeus came in 1982 (with Thomas Thieme) and Labraunda: A Guide to the Karian Sanctuary of Zeus Labraundos in 2007. He is currently preparing the Andrones publication. (For a full bibliography to 2004 see Opuscula Atheniensia 29 (2004) and for later publications see


Olivier Henry, a French-Turkish archaeologist, is the excavation director of Labraunda. Former pensionnaire scientifique at the IFEA (Istanbul) from 2010 to 2014, he held a chair of excellence (PSL*) at the AOrOc (UMR8546) research laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (2014-2016). He is now a prof. of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of Lyon 2 Lumière, and a researcher at the Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée (HiSoMA UMR5189)

He is involved in archaeological fieldwork in Karia since 1998. He has worked on different sites including Harpasa, Orthosia, Hyllarima, Iasos, Latmos-Herakleia. He bacame the director of the excavations at Labraunda in 2014.



Thomas Thieme (1939-2014).

Architect of the Labraunda project 1979-2004.

He was educated at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (1965), where he received a PhD in 1973 in the Theory and History of Architecture with a thesis on the cathedral of Cefalu. He was the Director of the County Museums at Varberg and Halmstad 1992-1998 and was the Director of the Gothenburg Maritime Museum until his retirement in 2003. He was the author of books and articles in the field of Greek, Medieval and Baroque architecture. In 1982 he published Labraunda, vol. 1.3, The Temple of Zeus; among his articles can be mentioned Metrology and planning in Hekatomnid Labraunda (1989) and The architectural remains of Archaic Labraunda (1993).

Felipe Rojas is an assistant professor of archaeology at the Joukowsky Institute and the Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University.

He has conducted fieldwork in the Eastern Mediterranean for over a decade (primarily at the sites of Aphrodisias and Sardis, and more recently at Petra and Labraunda). He is currently writing a book about Greek, Roman and Byzantine interaction with the Bronze and Iron Age material culture of Anatolia. In Labraunda Felipe is in charge of the BULP (Brown University Labraunda Project).


Baptiste Vergnaud is an archaeologist specialized in ancient fortifications.

He is a research associate at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA, Istanbul). He wrote a PhD dissertation on Fortifications in Iron Age Anatolia : Recherches sur les fortifications d’Anatolie occidentale et centrale au début du premier millénaire av. J.-C. (Xe-VIe s.) (University of Bordeaux, 2012). He has been excavating in several places in the Mediterranean (France, Greece, Syria, Jordan, Cyprus) before settling in Turkey. Since 2012, he is directing an excavation project on the Acropolis of Labraunda. This new project aims at clarifying the chronology of the fortress as well as at documenting the occupation inside the fortified area. The work undertaken in Labraunda is part of a broader study on the fortifications of Caria from the Archaic period to the Hellenistic times.


Ömür Çakmaklı is a Turkish archaeologist. She is the acting co-director of the Labraunda excavations.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Classical Archaeology from Anadolu University, Eskişehir  in 2003. Following graduation, she continued her studies at the Department of Classical Archaeology at Ankara University where she received her M.A. In 2006, Ömür D. Çakmaklı recevied a scholarship as a researcher at Ca Foscari University in Venice, Italy.  In 2013, she defended her PHD dissertation on Carian Glass Vase Typology During the Roman and Early Byzantine Times at Ankara University. She has worked on excavation projects in Dorylaion, Karatuzla Necropolis, Tarsus Cumhuriyet Field, Zeugma and Pedasa. Her work at Labraunda focuses on the water reservoir discovered in the 2013 excavation campaign.


Ragnar Hedlund, ph. D in Archaeology in Classical History at Uppsala University.

Main speciality is coin imagery, visual culture in the later Roman Imperial period and the functions of "propaganda" in antiquity. Other interests include the uses of  classical heritage, digital media, museum studies and they history of coin collections. Hedlund has also been the administrator for the Nordic Byzantine Network,, since 2010. Has been involved in the Swedish archaeological excavations in Labraunda since 2006.


Axel Frejman is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology at Uppsala University.

He has been working at Labraunda since 2011, and wrote his MA thesis about the site. He is since 2013 a PhD student at Uppsala University, and as a part of his research he will conduct a ground survey in the landscape surrounding Labraunda. It has been suggested that a small settlement was situated close to the site, and the survey aims to identify and document remains of human activity outside the temenos area. The focus of his research is on the everyday life of large extraurban sanctuaries like Labraunda, especially concerning the settlement history of such sites.


Ayşe Güliz Bilgin Altınöz, (B.Arch, M.Sc. in Restoration, Ph.D. in Restoration) is an architect specialized in conservation of cultural heritage.

She has been a full-time member of the academic staff of the METU Department of Architecture since 1995. Since 2011, as part-time instructor, she has also been giving courses in the University of Ankara Department of Real Estate Development. Her main interest areas are conservation, management and planning of urban sites and archaeological sites, multi-layered towns and urban archaeology, heritage information management and GIS. Besides the teaching experience, she has conducted and taken part in various national and international projects. She also has experience in the conservation decision making process in Turkey as a member of the Regional Conservation Council of İzmir No.1 (2007-2010) as well as a member of the scientific advisory boards of different heritage places. She is a member of ICOMOS-Turkey. Since 2012, she has been the project director of ‘Andron A Conservation Project’ in Labraunda, which is carried on as a multi-disciplinary team-work through the contribution of specialists from various disciplines.


Erika Andersson is an archaeological conservator from Sweden.

She has been participating in the Labraunda excavations since 2011 as a marble conservator. Conservation work has been carried out on the site’s important inscriptions, capitals and columns, among other objects. She obtained a BSc degree in archaeological conservation from the University of Gothenburg in 2012. Her work experience includes a placement as archaeological conservator at the Swedish National Heritage Board and I is currently undertaking an internship at ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property) in Rome.


Pascal Lebouteiller, topographer.

He has worked since 1989 in the field of archeology. He specializes in classical surveying, geodesy, satellite positioning, LIDAR  processing and since 1998 using GIS. He has good experience in preventive archeology, archaeological excavations and surveys planned in periods as varied as the Neolithic to Medieval times. He is working at the IFEA for more than 10 years. Major participations: Larsa, Tell es Sawan (Iraq), Dura Europos (Syria), Tell Arca (Lebanon), Zeugma, Xanthos, Limyra (Turkey), Pasargadae, Persepolis (Iran), Orgame (Romania), Apollonia (Bulgaria) Ovcular (Azerbaijan) ... He is also the author of several publications on ancient hydraulic structures and cartography. Read more


Vasilica Lungu is a researcher at the South-East European Studies Institute, Romanian Academie.

She is excavation director at Orgame-Argamum (Romania) ; member of several international and pluridisciplinary teams in the Pontic and Mediterranean areas. Her research focus on funerary practices in the Ionian colonies of the Black-Sea, as well as on the Greco-oriental ceramics.


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Christophe Bost is a French archaeologist.

He has worked at Labraunda since 2014, where he is leading two different projects. The first one is the excavations of the east baths, the second one concerns wine and oil production in the territory of the site. Before that Bost has worked many years in Europe, especially in salvage archaeology in France and on different projects in Spain. He is now part of the Institut de Recherche sur les archéomatériaux (IRAMAT UMR5060), doing his research in the frame of the ERC program GlassRoutes, led by N. Schibille.


Naomi Carless Unwin is a historian, specialist of Classical and Hellenistic Karia.

Naomi Carless Unwin obtained her BA at Oxford University (Balliol College, 2003-2006) and her MA at the University College London (2007-2008), where she also defended her PhD on Karia and Krete: a study in social and cultural interaction (2012). Naomi Carless Unwin is a member of the Labraunda team since 2009 and participated in many projects onsite. She is now in charge of the epigraphy of the site, both reassessing the old inscriptions and publishing the new ones.

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Anna M. Sitz is an archaeologist and a postdoctoral fellow of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.

In 2017, she completed her PhD on the role of inscribed texts in defining ancient sanctuaries, from the Archaic period through the early Christian reuse of these temples. She has previously done archaeological fieldwork in Greece and Italy and has written on Byzantine cave churches in Cappadocia. She spent two years in Athens at the American School of Classical Studies. At Labraunda, Anna is interested in the late antique occupation of the site and how early Christians interacted with the physical remains of the pagan past. In 2017, she led the excavation of two postclassical olive presses near the Built Tomb, and in 2018, she will lead a team in the investigation of the southwestern sector of the site.

Excavation Director and Co-Director