Not: Sempozyum Programımızın 2. günü (30 Mayıs 2020) İslahiye’de (Gaziantep) bulunan YESEMEK Açık Hava Müzesi’ne gezi düzenlenecek ve gezi sonrası YESEMEK’te Gala Yemeği verilecektir. Gezi programına ve Gala Yemeğine  katılmak isteyen katılımcılarım ad-soyad, cep telefonu ve kurum bilgilerini adresine göndermeleri önemle rica olunur (22.05.2020 gününe kadar).

  • Sempozyumun 2. gününde, 30 Mayıs 2020 (Cumartesi) / On the 2nd Day of Symposium, 30 May 2020 (Saturday)
  •  YESEMEK Açık Hava Müzesi; dünyanın ilk taş ocağı ve ilk heykel atölyesinin kurulduğu yer / YESEMEK Open Air Museum; the first stone quarry and the first sculpture workshop in the world

YESEMEK Açık Hava Müzesi/YESEMEK Open Air  Museum, İslahiye (Gaziantep), Turkey

The Yesemek is located in Yesemek Village, about 23 km southeast of Islahiye district and 113 km southwest of Gaziantep.The basalt sculptures at Yesemek consist of unique examples of Hittite Art. Yesemek was the biggest Stone quarry and sculpture workshop of the Near East. Morethan 500 hundred sculptures and architectural items from the Hittite Period reveal the level of development of theperiod in art andtechnology in sculpture production stages. Phases of cutting the basalt stones, preparing and completing the drafts of the sculptures can be clearly visible in Yesemek. These sculptures consist of gate lions, sphinxes, mountain gods, battle chariot and architectural items such as column bases and orthostats. Some sculptures, like the gate-lions, are quite large and monumental.During the surveys, a large Hittite city dating to the end of the Hittite Imperial Period was found in the dense wooded forest on the hill to the east of the Yesemek Sculpture Workshop and the Quarry. Researches in this area revealed the Hittite architectural remains, fragments of sculpture works, sherds and two new quarries on the 3.5 km long east-west hill. According to the survey findings, this city, which reaches approximately 190 hectares, looks bigger than Hattusa, the capital of the Hittites. This new information shows that Yesemek is about 300 years older, and placed the site in a more unique position in the history of humanity.