Siros autrefois : mémoires d’un village

Le village de Siros, dans le Miey du Béarn le long du Gave de Pau, est le village de ma mère et de ma grand-mère. Le site Siros Autrefois : Mémoires d'un Village met en ligne des documents d'archives, des articles de presse, ainsi que des écrit réalisés sur l'histoire récente et ancienne du village... Continue Reading →

Lire Bourdieu en Béarn

"Lire Bourdieu en Béarn" is the partner website of the course I teach on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu at the UTLA (Université du Temps Libre - Aquitaine) of the UPPA (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour). You can find out more about the work of Pierre Bourdieu and the Béarn, the region he... Continue Reading →

Surp Giragos Church

Diyarbakır today is a large Kurdish city of more than 1 million inhabitants located on the banks of the Tigris River in Southeastern Turkey. Most of the city has over the past 40 years grown outside of the old city encircled by a long wall made of black basalt. Within the five gates of this... Continue Reading →

Signs of the Time

According to the WRD (World Register of Dams), Turkey has over 741 dams in operation, as well as several dozens under construction. These modern infrastructures, built to regulate floods or produce hydroelectricity, I argue here, constitute good chronological markers indicative of larger processes at hand in Turkey. Taken like archaeological artifacts, they have much to... 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 →

Contested Heritage

The southeastern provinces of Turkey will soon be home to a series of new, state-of-the-art, archaeology museums. Such buildings are being (or have already been) planned, constructed, remodeled, or expanded. The Gaziantep Museum, for instance, houses many of the Roman mosaics of Zeugma unearthed before the construction of the Birecik Dam. Other mosaics, discovered during... 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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