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Alacahöyük

By nonur  
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. [6] 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. [7] 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.

Thank you all for the clicks and kind comments on my previous upload!

Tags: Photo journalism Turkey Çorum Alacahöyük Sphinx gate Reliefs

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Comments


Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
23 May 2013 5:51AM
Lovely images Nezih !! I like the art work in V1 with the guy sitting there and the bull in V2 is quite something WinkWink Super and informative narrative too ! Good work my friend Smile

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tonyguitar 3 55 31 Canada
23 May 2013 6:00AM
Thanks for history insights. All images are both very interesting and well presented. TG
23 May 2013 6:04AM
Great ets of imases......Grin
johnke Plus
3 223 15
23 May 2013 6:11AM
A beautiful set Nezih, all story telling, great stuff...John
ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 Australia
23 May 2013 6:24AM
Great set, love the rock art, what wonderful history.....well captured and presented
cats_123 Plus
12 4.4k 25 Northern Ireland
23 May 2013 6:38AM
It always amazes me that there were civilisations so artistic and skilful yet it took thousands of years to break the barriers of invention around the `industrial revolution'. A fascinating set ..love those stone reliefs GrinGrin
Andysnapper 7 109 25 England
23 May 2013 6:42AM
Excellent shots and a really interesting write up, super stuff.

Andy
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 7:19AM
A magnificent set, Nezih. The early artwork in itself is beautiful and extremely well recorded, the background information that you supply is thorough and interesting as usual.
You have certainly chosen the most original image as V1: I can scarcely imagine what the student artist must have felt sitting there observed by eyes carved thousands of years ago, eyes that seem to me to have a strong personality!
Regards
Bill
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
23 May 2013 7:21AM
A great, informative series, Nezih.
-=\Walter
mrswoolybill Plus
9 841 1372 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 7:22AM
A fascinating set, a good project. V1 stands out, it's as though the past is watching benevolently over the present.
Moira
Good balance of faces, facinating desc'. Si
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 7:38AM
wonderful set Nazith brilliant detail super colours and tones v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy
widtink 3 406 2 Scotland
23 May 2013 8:03AM
Lovely set Nezih , fantastic write up as well Smile

Rod
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
23 May 2013 8:14AM
An excellent and informative record, Nezih, and v1 exemplifies the project well.

Dave
23 May 2013 8:27AM
A great series, Nezih. Smile
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 8:32AM
Excellent set of images, beautifully captured and presented

Hugh
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 17 10 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 8:37AM
A great series, great carveings and art work. Great information, thanks for shares this with us. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
23 May 2013 9:16AM
A great place to sit, as if being guarded and watched over.
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rayme330 Plus
4 17 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 9:18AM
An impressive and well photographed series, Nezih. A great tutorial!

Ray
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
23 May 2013 10:35AM
Another stunning piece of work!! Great script and images!! Very Interesting!!
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
23 May 2013 11:24AM
Great series and very informative

Brian..................
Irishkate Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 11:25AM
A wonderful project for the students helped by yourself for Photography and Oil Painting by your friend.
The site and the relief work is stunning and if if helps those students become finer architects for the future, then
a good thing has been achieved.
I do like you lead in image with the artist at work.
KateGrinGrinGrin
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
23 May 2013 11:26AM
Interesting set
a great set of images and a super narrative about that beautiful place. I must go for the overall picture V9 .


billy
23 May 2013 1:36PM
Una captura excelente..
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
23 May 2013 7:01PM
Beautiful reportage images coupled with some very interesting text-- This is a fascinating project! Thanks for sharing!
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
24 May 2013 4:58AM
Interesting and it took a lot of work to create all these stones

Peter
abeeror2 3 22 Australia
24 May 2013 7:32AM
Very enjoyable set Thanking you.Smile

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