Geoffrey D. Summers gained his Ph.D. at Manchester in 1982. Having taken part in excavations in many parts of the world, he was at the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara from 1984, where he was involved in rescue excavations at Tille Höyük on the Euphrates River. Moving to the Middle East Technical University in 1993, together with his wife, Françoise, he inaugurated the Kerkenes Project in central Turkey. Geoffrey and Françoise also undertake research in Mauritius, focusing on Île de la Passe. Geoffrey has been appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul for 2012–2013.