The Digital Trench

A few posts ago, we described to you how a section of a field becomes a trench: we excavate layer by layer and designate a new planum whenever a striking change in the ground is noticeable. Each of the plana is documented by a photo and a drawing in scale of 1:20, but on topContinue reading “The Digital Trench”

DOLİCHE HALI YIKAMA! (or, how we clean mosaics)

Merhaba!  Bu yazımızda; bizi arazide en heyecanlandıran şeylerden birinden bahsedeceğiz: Mozaik taban! Bu yılki çalışmamızda; küçük renkli taş parçalarının bir araya gelerek göz alıcı bir hale büründüğü bir zemin bulduk. Bu sürecin daha iyi anlaşılması için sırayla anlatacağız. İşçilerin kazmayla kazdığı toprakta çıkan buluntular arasından sık sık mozaik parçaları çıktığında bu bizim için bir ipucuContinue reading “DOLİCHE HALI YIKAMA! (or, how we clean mosaics)”

Maintaining the Ancient

As the main educational element under the Stewards of Cultural Heritage Project, the German Archaeological Institute – Istanbul branch, in close cooperation with the Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Forschungsstelle Asia Minor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster organized a summer conservation project at the archaeological site of Doliche/Dülük Baba Tepesi in Gaziantep in 2017. The fiveContinue reading “Maintaining the Ancient”

Workflow in Doliche

On a normal workday we start with our work in the field at 7:00 am. Therefore, we have breakfast at around 6:15 and proceed to pack all the things needed for the workday in the field. At around 6:45 we leave for the site. The Turkish workmen arrive at the same time. This year weContinue reading “Workflow in Doliche”

Where the Magic Happens

During every campaign our excavation teams find a host of small finds like coins, sealing impressions, pearls and other objects from different time periods. When they are uncovered, it is normally not possible to recognize the exact shape & form or smaller details and what is depicted on them. Therefore, the finds have to beContinue reading “Where the Magic Happens”

The Doliche Halftime Show

Now that roughly half of our 2020 excavation campaign is over, we thought we’d show you the state of our progress and the trenches we are working on in 2020. This year we are working solely on the Keber Tepe. We are focusing all our efforts completely onto the late antique basilica church which wasContinue reading “The Doliche Halftime Show”

Sunday Funday!

We spent the last couple of weekends at the house reading, playing chess and spending our free afternoon here in Dülük. But! This week we were able to do a trip to very lonely but beautiful place called Ravanda Kalesi. The priority for us to do a trip like this, was to find a site,Continue reading “Sunday Funday!”

Pistachio Country

The area of the ancient city of Doliche is very fertile and used for agricultural purposes today. Accordingly, our excavation areas are surrounded by dozens of small fields, and when we are digging our neighbours are busy on their fields, too. The main crops are grapes, pistachios, figs, and olives, but there are also otherContinue reading “Pistachio Country”

Of Sieves and Sealings

One of our current side projects is sieving a lot of soil left over from the campaign last year. In this soil we expect to have a load of small sealing imprints, left over from the ancient city archive of Doliche. Already before the excavations conducted by our team, Doliche was known for the amountContinue reading “Of Sieves and Sealings”

From Field to Trench

In order to show you how excavations work exactly, we decided to give you an example by case. Because the 2020 campaign just started, this year’s trenches aren’t nearly ready to show the process of excavation from start to finish. Therefore, we decided to show you trench 02 of the 2018 campaign. Trench 02 isContinue reading “From Field to Trench”