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2009 First Archaeology Field Course

The first Archaeology Field Course in 2009 was held at JIAA and Kaman-Kalehöyük from Monday 20th July to Saturday 1st August. During the course, the participants attended lectures on introduction to Anatolian archaeology, Anatolian seal, pottery in the Iron Age, how to pick up the artifacts and photographing. Every day, they also excavated at Kaman-Kalehöyük. On Saturday 25th July, they visited Ortaköy (Shapinuwa), a city of Hittite Empire and Çorum Archaeology Museum.

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JIAA Research Facilities Construction

Construction of JIAA Research Facilities started in 2004 has been progressed at a good rate. In September 2005, Research Wing and all frames of other buildings were completed. In September 2007, Meeting and Library Wing and Storage were completed. Interior finish work of Accommodation Wing started in April 2009 and will finish in the end of August or begining of September, and it will accomplish all the construction procedure of JIAA.

Exterior of Accommodation Wing Interior of Accommodation Wing

(left) Exterior of Accommodation Wing (right) Interior of Accommodation Wing


Archaeobotany and Zooarchaeology Field Courses

From 7th to 19th July 2009, Archaeobotany Field Course was held at JIAA. The instructor was Prof. Dr. Andrew Fairbairn (University of Queensland, Australia). Participants collected seeds from cover soil of pits or architectural remains excavated in 2007, 2008 and 2009 with using a flotation machine. They examined the collected seeds with microscopes.

During the same period, Zooarchaeology Field Course was also held at JIAA. The instructor was Prof. Dr. Levent Atıcı (University of Nevada, USA). The main material of this course was animal bones excavated from a burnt layer on Stratum IIIc of Kaman-Kalehöyük which belongs to Assyrian Colony Period (c. 18th century B. C.). As from this burnt layer, many human bones have been excavated, supported by Veronica Hunt, a physical anthropoligist, participants studied human bones too.

On the weekend, the participants visited Boğazköy and Gordinon.

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24th Excavation at Kaman-Kalehöyük started

On Sunday, 28th June, the General Director of Monuments and Museums assigned by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism arrived at our camp and on Monday, 29th June, 24th Excavation at Kaman-Kalehöyük started. In this season, our main objectives are 1) to construct the cultural chronology of the site in the north sections and 2) to understand the Iron Age settlement in the south sections. In the south sections, we especially focus on the architectural remains on Stratum IIc which belongs to 9th to 8th century B.C. and once investigated from 2006 to 2008. From these remains, some characteristic architectural remains on Stratum IIc such as semisubterranean remains have been excavated. In the middle of July, we plan to start the research in sections XXXV and XXXVI in the north which were opened in the last season.

Removing roofs over the south sections Excavation in south sections Conservation of carbonized wood in a south section Excavation at the semisubterranean remain in a south sectoin
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Library of Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology will open soon

JIAA's book collection was moved to the new library built in 2007. The library, which covers mainly Anatolian and Oriental archaeology and philology including the collection donated by the late Prof. A. Kammenhuber is scheduled to open in April 2010.

Library Inside

Inside of Library


The 31st International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry

The 31st International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry* was held in Denizli, Republic of Turkey from 25th to 29th May 2009. In this year, 339 reports-171 excavations, 96 surveys, 45 archaeometry and 27 excavation researches conducted by museums-were presented and discussed.

From JIAA, Dr. Sachihiro Omura made a presentation on the 23rd Kaman-Kalehöyük Excavation, Dr. Masako Omura did on the potteries collected at Yassıhöyük and Dr. Kimiyoshi Matsumura did on the preliminary survey at Büklükale.

*This symposium is held once a year in Turkey to present and discuss research reports conducted in Turkey in the year.

Presentation on Büklükale by Dr. Matsumura Venue of the Symposium

(left) Presentation on Büklükale by Dr. Matsumura (right) Venue of the Symposium


Cherry blossom in Prince Mikasa Memorial Garden at JIAA

Cherry blossom (someiyoshino) in Prince Mikasa Memorial Garden (opend in September 1993) next to JIAA are in full bloom. The garden, which has welcomed many people since its opening, will be opened from the 1st of June to the end of October in 2009.

Spring 2009 Prince Mikasa Memorial Garden (1) Spring 2009 Prince Mikasa Memorial Garden (2) Spring 2009 Prince Mikasa Memorial Garden (3)
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"The Iron in Hittite" by Dr. Sachihiro Omura

Dr. Sachihiro Omura, director of JIAA will give a talk in Gallery Talk held by the Prince Mikasa Library. The topic will be "the Iron in Hittite: When Does the Iron Age Begin?" (The talk is in Japanese).
It is held on Sunday, 3rd May, begins at 14:30 ends at 15:30.
The place is the museum of the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan (MECCJ).
This program is organized by the Prince Mikasa Library, the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan.

The detail is on the web site of the Prince Mikasa Library, MECCJ.

You can download the leaflet of the Gallery Talk HERE.


Delivery Ceremony of the Museum of Archaeology Kaman-Kalehöyük was held.

Supported by financial aid from the Japanese Ministry of Foreing Affairs (ODA), construction of the Museum of Archaeology Kaman-Kalehöyük began on 25th April 2008 under the direction of the Turkish government, and was completed in the end of December 2008. he museum design is by Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm and construction is by Kajima Corporation.

On 8th April 2009, Mr. Nobuyuki Tanaka, Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Turkey delivered the key of the museum to Mr. Ertığl Günay, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Over 400 people gathered for the ceremony, and any of Turkish mass media reported it. From May 2009, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and JIAA will prepare the exhibition. It will open in the begining of July 2009.

Ambassador Mr. Tanaka delivered the key to Ministry Mr. Günay Director Omura explained about the museum in front of the diorama

(left) Ambassadp Mr. Tanaka handed the key to Ministry Mr. Günay. (right) Director Omura explained about the museum.

Participants gathering at the entrance of the museum Participants and the press

(left) Participants gathering at the entrance of the museum. (right) Participants and the press.