Dr Mehmet Işıklı has been Director of Excavations at Ayanis, an Urartian Castle located on the shores of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey since 2013, and most of his working life in archaeology has been centred on the South Caucasus and Eastern Anatolia, especially the Kura-Araxes culture, which is the hallmark of the Bronze Age in this vast region. He has published a large number of articles, papers, and books regarding the archaeology of this remarkable and still mysterious region, as well as undertaking many projects, surveys and soundings. His specialities – the Early Bronze Age through to the Urartian Kingdom in the Iron Age – are the focus of the EASC Symposium.Dr Birol Can completed his archaeological studies at Atatürk University and then presented his PhD in 2005 on the subject of Architectural Ornamentation in Roman Anatolia. He has worked on excavations in different parts of Anatolia such as Kyzikos, Altıntepe, Dara and Antiochia ad Cragum, and has served as editor and arbitration board member for various scientific journals and books. Dr Can is a member of several scientific institutes and has written numerous articles on a variety of topics, including Roman art, architecture and ornamentation, historical geography, ancient mosaic art, and social life in antiquity. He lectures at Atatürk University on similar topics.