Pic of the Day 2017-10-06: Interfaith Interaction in Ancient Rough Cilicia?

This Pic of the Day post is 5 days delayed, but it is serendipitously appropriate in light of a fine talk I heard tonight at University Baptist Church on Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue as a "pillar" of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi—delivered by a former student and now CBF of MS Coordinator, Dr Jason … Continue reading Pic of the Day 2017-10-06: Interfaith Interaction in Ancient Rough Cilicia?

Pic of the Day 2017-10-04: An ancient garden statue center

Yesemek is a rather unusual archaeological site in Turkey, 6 km from Syria. The "ruins" are really a workshop for production of standard Hittite (and Neo-Hittite) monumental statuary used to decorate palaces and public buildings. The basic forms were created here and then transported and perhaps detailed at the cities where they were installed. Hundreds … Continue reading Pic of the Day 2017-10-04: An ancient garden statue center

A Serendipitous Adventure: The Belevi Tumlus

You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour, 2. While scanning for high ground from which to get a better overview pic of the Belevi Monument, my adventure companions and I noticed something odd about the adjacent hilltop. It had a very uniform dome-like summit, as would be expected for a man-made tumulus . . … Continue reading A Serendipitous Adventure: The Belevi Tumlus

Not Quite Ready for Prime Time: The Belevi Monument

You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour, 1. This is the first true post in my series “You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour,” for which one should read my introduction. As noted there, I selected my first site to continue the theme of the introduction and serve as an exemplar of the … Continue reading Not Quite Ready for Prime Time: The Belevi Monument

Pic of the Day 2017-10-05: Putting Man on a Pedestal?

Lost in the cursed scrub-oaks, jagged rocks, dusty unpaved roads, and small farm plots of Rough Cilicia, one finds (if one is really looking and knows where) Köşkerli—the modern name given to a scatter of ruins around an ancient Byzantine church. The main door of the church is nearly blocked by an oddly-placed small chapel … Continue reading Pic of the Day 2017-10-05: Putting Man on a Pedestal?

Pic of the Day 2017-10-03: Shrines to the Seven Planets of Antiquity

On maps it appears (when it appears) as Soğmatar, but the Turkish ğ is not pronounced and historians and archaeologists know it (when they know of it) as Sumatar Harabesi. It will definitely be the subject of a You Don't Get This on the Bus Tour post, as it is one of the most mysterious, … Continue reading Pic of the Day 2017-10-03: Shrines to the Seven Planets of Antiquity