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Şanlıurfa To Shed More Light On History Of Civilization
Turkish Daily News ^ | 6-24-2006

Posted on 06/24/2006 3:14:51 PM PDT by blam

Þanlýurfa to shed more light on history of civilization

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Þanlýurfa to shed more light on history of civilization

ANKARA - Turkish Daily News

The southeastern Anatolian province of Þanlýurfa, considered to be the cradle of agriculture as well as hosting numerous examples of ancient architecture, promises new discoveries to shed light on the history of human evolution in the region.

Harran University Assistant Professor Cihan Kürkçüoðlu noted that every archaeological excavation to be carried out in Þanlýurfa would provide new information on the history of civilization in the region.

Kürkçüoðlu reminded the Anatolia news agency that Þanlýurfa is situated in the Fertile Crescent, considered in the literature to be the center of culture and civilization.

Kürkçüoðlu said 35 excavations were being conducted throughout the province in addition to the Atatürk Dam excavations, which kicked off in 1979 with the construction of the dam, and the digs at Harran, which started in 1983. Among these sites Gürcütepe, Kazene, Þaþkan and Göbeklitepe are of historical significance, said Kürkçüoðlu.

Some of the 80,000 artifacts that have shed light on the history of the Middle East starting from the Paleolithic age are on display at Þanlýurfa Museum, Kürkçüoðlu said, adding, "Þanlýurfa, playing host to a large number of excavations, is in need of a new museum."

Since the current museum does not have enough space, some artifacts are being stored in the museum's depot, he explained.

"More excavations will be carried out in the region. In order for the artifacts -- both those already discovered and those to be unearthed in future excavations -- to be displayed, the Millet Han project should be implemented as soon as possible."

Millet Han project:

Kürkçüoðlu said a project was drafted last year with support of the Þanlýurfa Governor's Office to restore Millet Han, which dates back to the Ottoman era, and to convert it into a culture center. The restoration of the building, constructed by Yavuz Sultan Selim at the beginning of the 16th century and which has served as barracks and a German orphanage, would cost YTL 5 million, Kürkçüoðlu said.

Should the project be completed, artifacts kept in museum storage will be put on display there. Kürkçüoðlu said the complex, which will also house bookstores and workshops, covers an area larger than that of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anatolia; anlurfa; catalhoyuk; catalhuyuk; civilization; gobeklitepe; godsgravesglyphs; history; light; prehistory; sanliurfa; shed; turkey

1 posted on 06/24/2006 3:14:56 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping.


2 posted on 06/24/2006 3:15:37 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks Blam.

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3 posted on 06/24/2006 4:02:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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To: blam

It's generous of Turkey to support the archaeological research of the region even though it had nothing to do with Turks.


4 posted on 06/24/2006 4:19:39 PM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: RightWhale

They recognize the value of the tourist, perhaps?


5 posted on 06/24/2006 4:22:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

They want to be in the EU. Good neighbors, etc.


6 posted on 06/24/2006 4:23:20 PM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: blam

Sounds like a place I would love to visit when it is completed.


7 posted on 06/24/2006 5:30:03 PM PDT by Dustbunny (Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
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To: RightWhale

You don't think any of the present day residents of Turkey are related to people from former cultures?


8 posted on 06/24/2006 7:32:13 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: RightWhale
Modern day Turks are an amalgam of the original Turkish invaders with the indigenous civilizations of Anatolia. Modern Turks bear little resemblance to their forebearers who were of very Mongolian appearance. They are quite conscious of the value of their entire heritage, including Greek, Lydian, Phrygian, Hittite, and Armenian origins, as well as their Turkish origins. They have strong program for preserving important Christian historical sites including archelogical remains in Armenia and Cappadochia.

Turks really are part of the modern world with a very modern outlook.

9 posted on 06/27/2006 6:11:21 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson; RightWhale
A strong program for preserving Christian sites? What are you hallucinating on? Most non Muslim places of worship and other important non Turkish non Muslim sites have been destroyed/vandalized by Turks. Aghia Sophia was turned into a mosque and then the secular bin laden Ataturk turned it into a museum after whitewashing all the religious icons. Most churches were destroyed.

Turkey is a renegade nation and continuing to deny the genocides against Christians will not get them very far...except possibly with the easily duped like yourselves.
10 posted on 06/29/2006 8:14:50 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: RightWhale
Generous? What a strange schizophrenic word to use in describing the ravages committed by the muslim Turkish parastate.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/1861892055.html
11 posted on 06/29/2006 8:38:29 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: eleni121

There are subtleties in rhetorical use of the English language that are not obvious without much experience and training.


12 posted on 06/29/2006 8:43:56 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: RightWhale

There are subtleties in rhetorical use of the English language that are not obvious without much experience and training.




And your use of the word "generous" in reference to Turkish vandalism is a perfect example of neither.


13 posted on 06/29/2006 9:39:50 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: eleni121

Who introduced the concept of Turkish vandalism?


14 posted on 06/29/2006 10:16:55 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: RightWhale

Turkish vandalism...It is what it is.

What's your game?


15 posted on 06/29/2006 10:22:12 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: eleni121
Turkish vandalism...It is what it is.

Talk about Turkish vandalism then. It is not my topic.

16 posted on 06/29/2006 10:24:42 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: RightWhale

Since you have forgotten...Your original posting was so bizarre it required a response...I clarified that "generous" is not the way to describe vandalism.

Just trying to help scattered thoughts.


17 posted on 06/29/2006 10:36:09 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: eleni121

We'll let that bizarre interpretation stand for itself.


18 posted on 06/29/2006 10:43:05 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: eleni121

A Greek. What could we expect?


19 posted on 06/29/2006 4:47:37 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

A Greek expects the truth unlike USEFUL FOOLS that pop up in unlikely places...such as threads about perserving heritage sites!


20 posted on 06/29/2006 4:59:14 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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