During the exhibition “Uruk – 5000 years of the megacity” an animation of the Seleucid Bit Resh was displayed. We updated our website with the animation, or you can watch it right above!

    During the Uruk exhibition, that was displayed in Berlin and Herne during 2013 and 2014, we presented a detailed reconstruction of the Old-Babylonian palace of Sin-kashid. The nearly five minute long animation shows different parts of the palace and includes actual finds from the excavation.

    If you want to finally see the animation on our website, you can do so now! Just click the link below and find the video on the right sidebar of the page.

    Uruk Visualisation Project: The Sin-kashid palace

      Not so long ago, we finished a small project that visualised a building in Habuba Kabira, dated into the Uruk Period. Finished is probably not the correct term, as this is only a preliminary result. The reconstruction of this building is based on the preliminary publications and the final publication is still not available. Nevertheless, we see this as an experiment: What will be the difference between a reconstruction based on preliminary results and a revised version based on the final publication?

      As soon as the final publication will be available, we will take a look and propose a new reconstruction. The differences and similarities will then be discussed! We are looking forward to it. You can already have a look at the preliminary results on our website.

        Between the 9th and 13th of June 2014 the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) is held in Basel, Switzerland. There is a section called “Dealing with the Past” where I will present a talk about the influence of early archaeological reconstructions to Near Eastern Archaeology. You can find the program and abstracts on the official website.

        If you are following us and going to the ICAANE this year, I would be glad if you come by and say hello.

          This post is about the marvellous rock paintings of the Latmos Mountains, the range in western Turkey today known as Beşparmak. These prehistoric paintings (6th-5th mill. BCE) have the human being as part of a society as the main subject and are unique. Harald Hauptmann described the paintings as follows:

          The singular pictorial language of Latmic rock art represents a new world of religious symbols of a society that had become settled and lived increasingly from farming and stock-breeding. This new form of life which spread from the mountainous periphery of the Fertile Crescent, the southern Levant and Upper Mesopotamia through Central Anatolia to the West in the Aegean to Europe, found its special expression in the Latmic rock pictures quite unlike anywhere else in Anatolia.

          Unfortunately, the rock paintings are threatened with destruction by the constant expansion of stone quarries in this area. This exploitation has increased dramatically in recent times, so that now not only parts of the wonderful pine forests and fascinating rocky landscape have been damaged, but also sites of rock paintings are endangered too.

          You can help to make the Turkish government aware of the situation. There is a petition at Change.org where you can sign and help with the rescue of the Latmos Mountains. We totally support this matter as the Latmic rock paintings are endangered and need to be protected. Furthermore, we know the people behind the petition and can attest there seriousness and dedication. If you are interested, you can learn everything about the rock paintings on the official website, before you sign the petition.

          Official website: http://latmos-felsbilder.de/
          Change.org petition: https://www.change.org/