Sakçegözü in Context: Garstang’s 1908-1911 Excavations Revisited

Location: Sakçagözü 

Year(s):  2016-2017

Grant Recipient: Ali Cifci, Marmara University

Funding:  BIAA

Under BIAA SRI(s):  

Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and environmental perspective


This project aims to re-appraise the regional significance of Sakçagözü and John Garstang’s excavations there for the Iron Age. Since Garstang’s excavations at the Sakçagözü there have been further archaeological researches in the Gaziantep region (Tel-Tayinat, Gedikli-Karahöyük, Tilmen, Zincirli and Carchemish) that provide us with great volume material from excavated sites as well as textual evidence about the small Neo-Hittite kingdoms that typified the region’s political and material culture in this period. These kingdoms are often overlooked in favour of the larger regional narratives of the Hittites, Assyrians and Urartians. Apart from these archaeological materials, the digitisation of Garstang’s photographic archives by Liverpool University (c. 900 items) which included his 1907 journey’s photographs and Sakçagözü excavations, and the unpublished research materials held at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum are utilised in order to re-evaluate the site's significant during Iron Age period, which Garstang published only in interim form. 

Resulting Publications: 

-(forthcoming) 1980-1911 Yılları Sakçagözü Kazı Çalışmaları
-(forthcoming) John Garstang ve Sakçagözü Kazıları
-(in preparation) Historical Importance of Sakçagözü

Ali Cifci:

I prepared a database of Sakçagözü and its environments in Endnote. I also arranged to access to the archive of Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum about the removal of the Sakçagözü reliefs from site to Ankara.
I documented about 10 boxes of archaeological material (pottery, bronze and iron artefacts, spindle whorls and loom weights etc.) from the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, originally excavated by John Gartang. Also I managed to access to the archive of museum and where I document some correspondences between Garstang and Osman Hamdi Bey, who was the director of the Museum at the time of the excavations. I am preparing these materials for the publication. 

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Archaeology and Related Disciplines

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