Fragment of a Whole

Sensational discoveries of mosaics periodically make the headlines of newspapers in Turkey. After being discovered, unearthed, cleaned, and removed, these ancient floors slowly make their way to museums or private collections. I wish to examine the curious afterlife of mosaics in, out of, and more recently, back to Turkey.* I want to analyze their transformation from buried... Continue Reading →

Digging Tepe – A Funeral

Archaeologists often come across ancient human burials during their excavations. It is less often, however, that human burials come across archaeological excavations. This is what happened, however, to one particular funeral procession a few years ago, in the town of Tepe in Southeastern Turkey. The goal here* is, rather than arrive at a fixed definition of Ethics,... Continue Reading →

Emotions in Archaeological Science

Science, in its practice, is full of sound and fury, but it is hushed, pacified, sanitized, in its writing, almost signifying nothing. What happens to this fury? What happens to last-minute improvisation, to running from the office, to the laboratory, back to the office, to the madness of deadlines, and to all of the uncertainties... Continue Reading →

Scramble for the Past

All around Turkey, antiquities are being closely watched and monitored. To prevent thefts, Istanbul’s Süleymaniye mosque has placed surveillance cameras and tightened security by hiring more guards. Its previously unregistered Korans and wall tiles have now been archived. Looted antiquities are seized before they cross the border. During a routine ID check between Ankara and Kayseri, Turkish police arrested two men with a 3rd century BC... Continue Reading →

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