As part of Turkey’s Museum Week (Müze Haftası), the Milet Museum hosted our exhibition of archival photographs “Layers of Landscape / Peyzaj Katmanları” in their main exhibition space between 17th and 24th May 2019. It was a great pleasure to be able to bring these photos back to the peninsula, and talk to locals about their experience of the landscape including some who have worked as part of the excavations in the region for many years. The opening of the exhibition was on the morning of Friday 17th, opened by Didim’s current İlçe Kaymakamı Mehmet Türköz , and attended by local reporters (see article here). Local school children were also at the opening, as part of an open day with extra activities for learning about objects in the museum and the work of archaeologists (for more photos from the event see here).
The exhibition panels will stay in Miletos with a view to being re-exhibited near the temple of Didyma in the near future.
This exhibition was curated by Anja Slawisch and Toby C. Wilkinson, as part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 700769. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the help, advice and assistance of: Renate Schiele, Ayşe Seeher, Banu Dogan, Yannis Galanakis, Ulrich Mania, Berna Polat, Cemre Üstünkaya, staff at the Milet Archaeological Museum in Balat and the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge.
The Photographic Archives of the German Archaeological (DAI) in Istanbul kindly provided permission for the reproduction of images from their collections.
Bean and the Milesian Peninsula
An archive of Bean’s letters and photographs are today held by the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge. There are only a few photographs in the archive from the Milesian peninsula. The concentration of German archaeological expeditions in the area perhaps made it a less attractive area for study.
For more information on the Bean archive see: here
The setting of the exhibtion in the Cast GalleryPhotographs taken by the staff of the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge
This exhibition looks at the changing face of travel, production and population in the Milesian landscape (around the ancient city of Miletos, today in modern Turkey) through images taken by various archaeologists, travellers and others working on the peninsula.
Most of these photographs were not intended as ‘artistic’ images as such, although many have strong aesthetic impact. Rather, as so often with photographs, it is through accidental serendipity that each highlights different layers of landscape that document the speed of change on the peninsula.
For more information in English see here, and for the Turkish version here.
I am pleased to announce that the Open Data pilot for our archaeological survey on the Milesian Peninsula is in full swing, with the availability of the complete data from the 2015 season (including find information, thumbnail photos and daily logs) on Zenodo, a public data repository run by CERN. Well done Toby and Néhémie! (For more read their article on the pilot.)
The Sacred Way connecting the city of Miletos to the sanctuary of Didyma has long been considered one of the best-documented examples of a processional road from the ancient world. Views of the road have become ossified around an orthodox reconstruction of the route, which is assumed to have remained relatively static from the Archaic to the Roman period. A reexamination of the full epigraphic and archaeological evidence, incorporating the latest research in the region, highlights the many gaps in our knowledge and the possibility that the route and identity of the Sacred Way may have changed substantially through time. Computational modeling of the local topography confirms the feasibility of alternative routes and the effect that probable long-term landscape change around Panormos might have had.
This article calls for a fresh characterization of the Sacred Way from Miletos to Didyma, which envisages multiple periods of (re)invention and (re)construction from the Archaic period right up to the modern day.