Mount Ararat & Khor Virap

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Now in Turkish territory, Mount Ararat is a sacred symbol for Armenians who consider themselves to be direct descendents of Noah.  This legend stems from a translation of the bible that cites Mount Ararat as the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. While many scholars have argued that the bible refers to the area and… Read more »

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Gobekli Tepe, Eastern Turkey

Göbekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple

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Graham Hancock, a journalist and specialist in ancient civilisations details his experiences and reflections at Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple.   I have spent the past week exploring the mysterious 12,000 year-old megalithic site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, the world’s first temple, predating Stonehenge by 8,000 years. With its extraordinary, haunting energy, it’s obvious… Read more »

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Turkey: Ani

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[Part 11] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   After a rather dull day yesterday (the humour of the idea of a bus from Van to Kars wore… Read more »

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Turkey: Hosap Castle and Van Castle

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[Part 10] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   I met with Remsey this morning and we drove about an hour to Hosap. There, perched on a hll… Read more »

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Turkey: Akdamar Island

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[Part 9] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   The day started with one of Van’s famous breakfasts on what is casually known as breakfast street. This street… Read more »

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Turkey: Diyarbakir

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[Part 8] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.     After Gulay went to work I grabbed a minibus into Diyarbakir centre. The city is known as Amed… Read more »

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Turkey: Hasankeyf and Diyarbakir

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[Part 7] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours. I left Midyat after breakfast and quickly found a bus to Hassankeyf. I arrived shortly afterwards, and after depositing my… Read more »

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Turkey: Mor Gabriel Monastery and Midyat

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[Part 5] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   Today I had only one sight on my schedule but it was a little bit out of the way. After… Read more »

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Turkey: Detour to Mardin

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[Part 5] This travel diary take us through David’s archaeological journey exploring Turkey on a research trip, discovering what are now many destinations on out Eastern Turkey Explorer, Eastern Turkey Snapshot and Archaeology of Eastern Turkey tours.   Ok so the title of the blog is slightly misleading as it was not to Mardin that I made… Read more »

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