Sakçagözü Museum Study

Location: Gaziantep Museum; Gaziantep Province

Years: 1986-1990

Project Director: David French

Participants: Geoffrey Summers, Anne Sutton (1986-1987), Johanna Pinder-Wilson (1986), Tuğrul Çakar (1987-1989), Kirsty Norman (1987), Caroline Jamfrey (1988), Christine Phillips (1988-1989), Pervin Bilgen (1989), Jane Goddard (1989), Helen Boyd (1990), Sarah Nisbet (1990)


John Garstang, founder of the BIAA, carried out work on Coba Höyük at Sakçagözü between 1908 and 1911.  In 1949 John Waechter and his team reopened excavations there, as well as at the Sakçagözü cave, Dağdan Höyük, and Emmioğlu Höyük.  Materials found during the course of the later excavations (pottery, sherds, and other remains) were then stored in a depot at Gaziantep.  The director of the newly opened museum in Gaziantep, Hasan Candemir, invited the BIAA to sort through and rearrange the collections. 

In 1986, the BIAA was able to organise a team to refurbish and re-house the material from the depot.  Between 12 May and 22 May, they washed, re-sorted, and re-marked the pottery, chipped stone, and animal bones, also creating drawings of select pieces of pottery.

They continued with this work in 1987 in the Gaziantep Museum from 18 May to 5 June.  The BIAA had donated wooden boxes and the Museum dexion shelving, and all material was transferred into these.  They then continued to wash, mark, draw, and photograph the material.  Some sherds were put on display at the museum.

In 1988 they worked for four weeks, first between 2 and 13 May, then from 25 June to 9 July.  Re-washing and marking continued for sherds from Coba Höyük and Sakçagözü Cave.  They implemented some additional dexion shelving, contributed by the BIAA.

Work continued from 15 April to 5 May 1989.  Some pottery was refurbished, and drawings of sherds were created.  Much of the pottery from Emmioğlu was found to belong to the Ubaid period.  French and G. Summers visited Liverpool University Museum to examine the material found during Garstang’s earlier excavations, and Phillips created drawings of the same.  Additionally, some metal weapons in the Gaziantep Museum, purportedly found in the Sakçagözü region, were also drawn, photographed, and catalogued.

In 1990 they worked between 1 May and 12 May.  During this final season, they completed pencil drawings of selected pottery and ensured that all pottery had been rewashed, re-marked, and sealed with a special PVA emulsion, as necessary.  Part of the museum depot was walled off to create a permanent place for the Sakçagözü collections.


1987: ‘The Year’s Work’ Anatolian Studies 37: 11

French, G.D., Summers, G.D. 1988: ‘Sakçagözü Material in Gaziantep Museum’ Anatolian Studies 38: 71-84

1989: ‘The Year’s Work’ Anatolian Studies 39: 7-8

1990: ‘The Year’s Work’ Anatolian Studies 40: 12

1991: ‘The Year’s Work’ Anatolian Studies 41: 11-12

See also:

French, D.H. 1990: ‘Gaziantep ve Hatay Müzelerinde Bulunan Sakçagözü ve Tell esh-Sheik Kazıları Malzemesi’ Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı 7: 435-442

Summers, G.D. 1991: ‘Metalwork in Gaziantep Museum said to be a hoard from the region of Sakçagözü’ Anatolian Studies 41: 173-195

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