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

You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour: an introduction

For the first installment of my series, "You Don't Get this on the Bus Tour" (people that have traveled with me understand this phrase), I have struggled to come up with an appropriate site/subject—not for lack of options, but for appropriateness. The idea of this series is to highlight places that are not well-known but … Continue reading You Don’t Get This on the Bus Tour: an introduction