A day in the life of a find processing archaeologist

The working day starts after a quick breakfast at 6:45 am. At first, we must put the finds from the previous day into the database and sort it into boxes in the depot or give it to the person who washes the pottery. One person starts drawing the diagnostic sherds and the ceramic special finds,Continue reading “A day in the life of a find processing archaeologist”

What a guitar, water ice, and a headband have to do with an excavation…

We are now in the fifth week here on the excavation, and meanwhile the team has settled in the excavation house and everyone has found their own rhythm. The things that sweeten life in midsummer in south-eastern Turkey are necessary for a smooth everyday life, and so it is helpful that we are allowed toContinue reading “What a guitar, water ice, and a headband have to do with an excavation…”

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”

A Sunday in Cilicia

It’s Sunday! And on this Sunday we are going on a trip to Cilicia. It will take about 2 hours to get there from Gaziantep, so we leave at 9am. Most of our excavation team is on board for this trip, so we are driving with 3 cars. The road takes us to the west.Continue reading “A Sunday in Cilicia”

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”

4.500 kilometers to Doliche

The excavation campaign 2021 has started! Most of the team members arrived here by plane, but a group of 4 of us took the car and drove all the way from Münster (Germany) to Doliche (modern Dülük near Gaziantep) in the Southeast of Turkey. Apart from bringing the VW Transporter to Dülük, the reason forContinue reading “4.500 kilometers to Doliche”

Preparing for the Next Venture

At the moment, everybody working within the Forschungsstelle here in Münster is buzzing with excitement, for this year’s campaign in Turkey is right around the bend! Currently, we are all hard at work preparing for the campaign, which means getting work visas, figuring out flights and packing our bags. Furthermore, a lot of organizational stuffContinue reading “Preparing for the Next Venture”

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”

Sunday Funday!

Yesterday on Sunday we had our weekly day off. In a usual situation, that’s without Covid being around, we would go on trips to different archaeological sites, cities and other nice places to visit. However, this year is different. In order to keep our contacts with other people to a minimum, trips to cities, restaurantsContinue reading “Sunday Funday!”