A very ‘small’ update

During this year’s campaign, we finally finished the work on a grave chamber in Doliche which we had the opportunity to excavate in 2017. The chamber was robbed already in late antiquity and most of the grave goods were taken away. But since that time, no one entered this particular grave. Many little objects whichContinue reading “A very ‘small’ update”

Jupiter Dolichenus and the Dülük Baba Tepesi Part 2/2

Images of a Storm God In our second blog entry about Jupiter Dolichenus we will focus on the depictions of himself and other deities connected to the storm god. We hope to give you a nice picture of the deity that was, for a very long time, so important to the inhabitants of ancient DolicheContinue reading “Jupiter Dolichenus and the Dülük Baba Tepesi Part 2/2”

Jupiter Dolichenus and the Dülük Baba Tepesi Part 1/2

The Architecture on the Mountain As we are still quite some months away from any excavation work in Doliche, we decided to give you some insights into the results of our previous excavation project on the nearby mountain of Dülük Baba Tepesi. The Project ran from 2001 to 2015 and produced a large amount ofContinue reading “Jupiter Dolichenus and the Dülük Baba Tepesi Part 1/2”

Finishing up the work in Doliche

The last time we spoke about this year’s excavation results was during our half-time show a couple of weeks back. Now that the actual excavation has finished on Saturday, it’s time to show you this year’s results in all its glory! Of course this year we only worked on the terrace basilica. Last time weContinue reading “Finishing up the work in Doliche”

How Marbelous!

The Wall Decoration of the Ancient Terrace Basilica In Doliche, a soft limestone was the used for almost every building from the Hellenistic period to the Middle Ages. It was abundantly available and could be carved with great ease. Many quarries can be identified at close distance to the city and even within the urbanContinue reading “How Marbelous!”

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)”

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”

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”

The two hills of Doliche

Our excavation house is situated at the fringes of a small village called Dülük. The Village is situated just north of Gaziantep the 6th biggest city of Turkey and the centre of the wider region south of the Taurus mountain range and north of the Syrian Border. In the past years Gaziantep has grown everContinue reading “The two hills of Doliche”

The start of a new adventure

Welcome! Today is the first day of this year’s excavation in Doliche. And not only the excavation is starting, but also this very shiny and new blog you are reading right now! In the following six weeks we will show you our life and work during an excavation abroad and everything that comes along withContinue reading “The start of a new adventure”