INA’s work in Bodrum, Turkey is headquartered at the Bodrum Research Center (BRC) and led by director Tuba Ekmekçi Littlefield. Work at the BRC ranges from managing and conserving artifacts to cataloging the largest collection of nautical archaeology books and journals in the eastern Mediterranean, maintaining INA’s fleet of research vessels, and hosting the many researchers, dignitaries, students, and other guests who come through the doors throughout the year.
Tuba Ekmekçi Littlefield, Director
An Izmir native, Tuba has worked with INA since 1991. She studied archaeology at Ege University and during her first year began contacting Cemal Pulak and George Bass about joining their team. As director of the BRC, she oversees a full-time staff of 23 and a constantly rotating population of interns, students, and guests. She is also ultimately responsible for INA’s fleet of research vessels, the conservation labs, the grounds, and the dormitories.