Turkish Nationalism and Archaeology

Jun 2013
I have enjoyed some cordial e-mail correspondence with an accomplished English archeometrist at McMaster University in Ontario, who has been involved with excavations at the Neolithic sites Çatalhöyük and Göbekli Tepe in Turkey (among others). He informed me some time ago that these and other enterprises organized by foreign institutions were being jeopardised by the Turkish authorities, who threatened to cancel dig permits. Is this all about Erdoğan, and his "vision" of a "purified" Turkey?

The Archaeology News Network: Archaeology falls victim to Turkish politics

Turkey wages 'cultural war' in pursuit of its archaeological treasures | World news | theguardian.com

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