Sevil Baltalı Tırpan received her M.A in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Chicago and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. She is now an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. She worked on the topics of architecture and symbolism, anthropology of houses and ritual spaces. Trained both in archaeology and anthropology her areas of most recent research explores the topics of politics of the past, heritage and culture, local perceptions of the past, impact of archaeological praxis on local people, ethnography of archaeology, space/place, memory, materiality and time. Along those interests she organized (with Aybil Goker) an international conference entitled, “Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage” in 2011 sponsored by Tübitak, Istanbul Technical and Yeditepe Universities. She has been conducting traditional and digital ethnographic field work on the local perceptions and representations of the past and place in Sahmuratlı village, Yozgat, Turkey.