EVEHD Türkiye

EVEHD Türkiye

The project started with our partners at the University of Pumakkale in Turkey, which was the first interactive heritage discovery action. The week would see the group restoring water troughs/springs, looking at zoomorphic symbols, visiting archaeological sites and stone carvings.

Once all the participants had arrived safely in Pamukkale, they met everyone at the University, where the hosts introduced themselves and the local volunteers who would be working with them for the week and discussed the week ahead. After lunch, they were taken to the site of the holy well at  which was to be restored to be introduced to the local people who would be helping them and to discuss the work that needed to take place. This was a chance to look over the site before work began and to review the materials that were going to be used for the restoration.

In the evening, the group went back to Pamukkale with the student teachers and were treated to local cooking and traditional entertainment, including folk music

The next day the volunteers were taken to the well in order to prepare the site for work while the leaders from each group had a brief meeting. After lunch, the afternoon was spent back at the university, where the group leaders from each group gave a presentation about who they are and what their organisation does.

The third day saw the group spend the morning at the well site. After lunch, which was at an ancient house in the nearby town of Buldan, the group learned that this was the capital city of woven textiles. The afternoon was spent looking around Buldan, with visits to a craftworks museum and meeting various craft workers in the town.

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Work on the well continued on the next morning. After lunch, the group spent the afternoon visiting Laodeikia in Pamukkale. After visiting the site, they were able to discuss how the team there carried out their work and how they interacted with the local community. In the evening, the group were treated to a barbeque dinner.

Friday morning saw the group spend their final day on the well restoration. After a picnic lunch, the group then went to visit a local mosque and went to a local working farm to meet the villagers and see how they use traditional methods of farming and how important farming is the to the village.

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Saturday morning was spent at the archaeological site of Afrodisias and the museum in the town of Tavas. The group were able to look round both the site and the museum and discuss with the staff the site and how they carry out outreach programmes in the community. After lunch, they visited the nearby town of Karacasu, a town famous for its earthen ware pottery. The final evening saw the group sit down with everyone they had met during the week and they sampled yet more traditional Turkish dishes and were entertained with traditional music, performed by music teachers from the university.

The Turkey action provided a great start to the project, with the group visiting interesting Roman sites, learning about and helping to restore a local holy well, learning about zoomorphic images and village life.

UK participants were Maggie Sergeant and Colin Mason, who provided the photos in the gallery below.