Çiler Çilingiroğlu finished her PhD in 2009 at University of Tübingen and works currently as an Associate Professor at the Department of Protohistory and Near Eastern Archaeology at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. She has participated in many fieldwork projects across Turkey, including long-term participation at Troy, and lately co-directed the Ulucak excavations. She has published on the concept of the Neolithic package, neolithization of West Turkey and various aspects of Neolithic material culture. Her doctoral dissertation recently appeared as a monograph from BAR International Series. Çiler was awarded in 2010 the German Archaeological Institute's Travel Grant, being the first Turkish citizen to receive this prestigious grant since 1859.