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”

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”

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”