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”

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”

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”

Digital Documentation of the Doliche Kebertepe Hillside Church

Doliche Kebertepe Yamaç Kilisesi’nin Sayısal Belgeleme Çalışması As part of the 2021 excavations, a team of faculty and students from Başkent University Cultural Heritage and Digital Memory UNESCO Chair (Ankara) and Ankara Bilim University (Ankara) carried out the digital documentation of the Keber Tepe Hillside Church in ancient Doliche. The first of the simultaneous studiesContinue reading “Digital Documentation of the Doliche Kebertepe Hillside Church”

Research on the throne of the Gods

It has been almost 70 years since the Historian and Founder of the Forschungsstelle Asia Minor Friedrich Karl Dörner discovered the royal residence of Arsameia at the Nymphaios – dating back into the 1st century BCE – in the ancient landscape of Commagene (south-eastern Turkey). The excavations which followed laid the foundation for a longContinue reading “Research on the throne of the Gods”

Working from our home Base: the Forschungsstelle Asia Minor

Now that we have settled in again in Germany, work continues on our excavation project. Even if we don’t work in the field right now, there is a lot to do! While we digitalize all of our documentation – next to our handwritten documents we have to sort photos and digitalize drawings – we areContinue reading “Working from our home Base: the Forschungsstelle Asia Minor”

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!”