The research of Bleda Düring focuses on the emergence of social complexity and the archaeology of imperialism.
Bleda is currently engaged in two fieldwork projects. First, he is directing a landscape archaeology project (survey) in the Wadi al Jizzi, in the hinterlands of the city of Sohar, Oman. The aim of this project is to better explain the boom and bust phases in the past occupation of this marginal environment and how it was impacted by agricultural innovations, international trade and climatological developments.
Second, Bleda is directing excavations at the Chalcolithic site of Chlorakas-Palloures in Cyprus. The aim of this project is to better understand the emergence of complex societies and the rise of craft specialization and trade networks on the island. Check out the lecture he delivered on this topic at the University of Cyprus in May 2018.
Bleda’s earlier research focused on Neolithic Turkey and the archaeology of imperialism. He was involved in excavations at Çatalhöyük and Barcın Höyük, and went on to direct the Cide Archaeological Project: a 3 year survey project on the Turkish Black Sea. He also directed an ERC Starting Grant project on the Archaeology of (Middle Assyrian) Imperialism focusing on the rich dataset of Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria.
Bleda is Chair of Research of the Faculty of Archaeology (from September 2018). He is part of the international scientific board of the International Congresses on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.