Protecting ï¿½atalhï¿½yï¿½k Memoir of an Archaeological Site Guard
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Description: They are essential to every major archaeological excavation but rarely acknowledged by the visiting researchers once the artifacts have been shipped. As part of the innovative, multivocal output from the famous Turkish Neolithic site of atalhyk, we hear from one of the site guards, Sadrettin Dural, who tells the story of the excavation from the point of view of the _Other._ He offers tales of the strange habits of archaeologists, describes the local in-fighting that scholars never see, and explains how scientists can be protected from the Yatirs, spirits of the dead who guard the mound. Ian Hodder, director of the atalhyk project, provides explanatory notes for the reader and an interview with the author, exploring indigenous interpretations of ancient sites and the archaeologists who excavate them. For the archaeologist, this offers a revolutionary new viewpoint on their work. For the cultural anthropologist, Dural_s role as site guard is only a small part of his life as a Turkish villager. The author recounts the daily lived experience of one man in a contemporary Turkish village, including changing economic strategies for supporting his family, brushes with the law, trips to the beach and the city, and Turkish phone sex.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. He has been Director of the Catalhoyuk Research Project since 1993.
|Begining my new job at ï¿½atalhoynk|
|Excavations begin - The team settles in|
|My routine as a guard|
|Loneliness and friendship amongst the ancient mounds of the Konya plain|
|I build the ï¿½atalhoynk cafe|
|Dealing with more visitors and foreigners|
|Some less happy memories|
|The past and the present|
|Dealing with each other|
|Doing the right thing|
|More about ï¿½atalhoynk|
|Some erotic moments|
|More visitors to ï¿½atalhoynk and some difficult moments|
|They stroke the soil with love|
|Things start to go wrong|
|The situation worsens|
|Reaching the end|
|Appendix: My tour of ï¿½atalhoynk|
|Afterword: Dialogue between Sadrettin Dural and Ian Hodder|