An Interview with our Workers

During this year’s campaign, we conducted a short interview with the workers we work with every day. The people we interviewed are from different age groups, so we hoped to see different perspectives this way. We wanted to see how they perceived their work areas, whether they were related to the cultural heritage of theirContinue reading “An Interview with our Workers”

First time in Doliche and on an excavation

This year was my first time in Gaziantep/Doliche and the excavation was a harder challenge for me than I anticipated. I left Germany during 17 degrees weather and found myself around 40 Celsius degrees in Gaziantep. Even after four weeks of my stay in Turkey, I couldn’t get used to this heat. So, the challengeContinue reading “First time in Doliche and on an excavation”

Following the footprints of Palaeolithic pioneers at Dülük

Dülük is one of the most important open air Palaeolithic sites in Turkey. Muine Atasayan discovered it in 1938. She visited Dülük village and Roman tombs near it in 14th February 1938 with students from archaeology and anthropology departments from Ankara University. At that day, she discovered the first Palaeolithic tools in the area. ThereContinue reading “Following the footprints of Palaeolithic pioneers at Dülük”

Winter is coming, also in Doliche!

And that is not only because of the name of our project director, Prof. Dr. Winter, but also because the winters here in Doliche can be quite harsh. In comparison to the high temperature/ low humidity summers the winters reach temperatures of about 0 °C. This of course means that the ground freezes, and weContinue reading “Winter is coming, also in Doliche!”

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!”

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”