These and the others to come were taken during the execution of a project sponsored by the Hitit University in Çorum. The purpose was to create paintings of the archaeological sites and monuments by students of the Department of Arhaeology. They were expected to take pictures and draw sketches on the sites and then turn them into oil paintings in ten days and exhibit them in the university. The canvases, paints and brushes were provided by the project. I was taking part in it to help the students with their photographs, a friend of mine from the Faculty of Fine Arts of our university taught them the technique of oil painting, we also had with us the head of their own department and an another instructor from Çorum.
The mound (Turkish: höyük) at Alacahöyük was the centre of a flourishing Hattian culture during the Early Bronze Age. The mound was a scene of settlement in a continuous sequence of development from the Chalcolithic Age, when earliest copper tools appeared alongside the use of stone tools. It has been continuously occupied ever since, until today's modern settlement in the form of a small village. The standing and distinguishing remains at Alacahöyük, however, such as the "Sphinx Gate", date from the Hittite period that followed the Hatti, from the fourteenth century BC.
The impressive sphinx gate surrounded by stone reliefs marked its entrance.  The town was heavily fortified with walls and towers due to the frequent raids of the Kaska people living in the mountainous region to the north. Excavations by the Turkish archaeologists Remzi Oğuz Arık and Hamit Koşay resumed in 1935 under the personal instructions of Atatürk who contributed from his own budget.  The work, which continued until 1970, revealed considerable local wealth and achievement even before the time of the Hittites, with the earliest occupation dating from the 4th millennium BC.
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