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The archaeology world met in Denizli

The 42nd International Excavation, Research and Archeometry Symposium, organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Denizli Metropolitan Municipality and PAü, has begun. The symposium, attended by many local and foreign scientists, will be held at the Metropolitan Municipality Nihat Zeybekci Congress and Culture Center, the centre of science, culture and art in Denizli.
23.05.2022
 The 42nd International Excavation, Research and Archeometry Symposium, organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Denizli Metropolitan Municipality and Pamukkale University (PAÜ), started with the hosting of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality. The opening ceremony of the symposium, which is the most important scientific activity in Turkey during the institutionalization of archaeology, was held at the Metropolitan Municipality Nihat Zeybekci Congress and Culture Center. Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Nadir Alpaslan, General Manager of Cultural Heritage and Museums Gökhan Yazgı, Denizli Deputies Nilgün Ök and Ahmet Yıldız, Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Osman Zolan, PAÜ Rector Prof. Dr Ahmet Kutluhan, AK Party Denizli Provincial Chairman Yücel Güngör and many guests from the world of archaeology attended the opening program of the symposium.
 
''Turkey's first and only Archeology Institute''
 
Making the opening speech of the symposium, PAU Archeology Institute Director and the Head of Laodicea Excavation Delegation, Prof. Dr Celal Şimşek, said that the protection, preservation, and promotion and transfer of cultural and natural assets to future generations are of great importance. PAU Rector Prof. Dr Ahmet Kutluhan noted that as Denizli, they are happy to be hosting the symposium. Rector Kutluhan said, ''As Pamukkale University, we established Turkey's first and only Archeology Institute in 2015. Our institute trains specialists that our country needs at the postgraduate level. For 20 years, Archeology and Art History Departments of our university have been carrying out important excavations. ''
 
Mayor Zolan, ''Denizli Municipality made an exemplary start''
 
Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Osman Zolan also stated that they are happy to hold such an important symposium in Denizli. Emphasizing that the Metropolitan Municipality Nihat Zeybekci Congress and Culture Center is the centre of science, culture and art in Denizli, Mayor Zolan said, ''Our Ministry makes every effort for the works to come to light. Our teachers reveal many beauties with their research and excavations. At the local level, if there is no support from the municipalities, the work is incomplete, slow and difficult to reach the target. In 2008, Denizli Municipality made an example starting with the ancient city of Laodicea, the first protocol in Turkey to support archaeology excavations with the Mayor of that day and our Ministry of Culture and Tourism. We have been supporting the Laodicea excavations from our municipality's budget for 14 years since 2008. Together with our Ministry, we supported the excavations for 12 months.
 
''Rooster and textile found in Laodicea excavations''
 
Explaining that he saw the symbol of Denizli, the rooster, in the works dating back thousands of years during the excavations in Laodicea, Mayor Zolan said, ''Besides the rooster, a lot of information and remains that Denizli was the capital of textile 5 thousand years ago were found during the excavations. The work of our scientists is extremely valuable. I thank you. I hope the symposium will be successful. ''Gökhan Yazgı, General Manager of Cultural Heritage and Museums, noted that they were very happy and excited about the organization of the symposium, which could not be held for two years due to the pandemic. Yazgı said, ''While there were 183 museums affiliated to the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums in 2002, it increased to 210 as of May 2022. In the last 20 years, we carried out repairs, restorations and renovations to 163 museums. ''
 
''This is a corner of paradise''
 
Noting that the symposium will be successful and very good scientific results will be achieved, Alpaslan said, ''I would like to thank our Denizli, our Metropolitan Municipality and our university for their support in the realization of this symposium. Of course, Denizli is extremely important for archaeological excavations. Archaeological excavations here will become even stronger. On this occasion, we will strongly support the works regarding the inclusion of Laodicea on the World Cultural Heritage List. This place is a corner of paradise. It is a head corner of historical and cultural riches. I would like to thank everyone who contributed, our Denizli Metropolitan Municipality, Pamukkale University, and all of Denizli. ''
 
The first presentation was made
 
After the speeches, the first session began under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr Ayla Erol, the Head of Laodicea Excavation Delegation the Prof. Dr Celal Şimşek made a presentation on "Laodicea Excavation and Restoration Works in 2021", and Prof. Dr Necmi Karul made a presentation on "Göbeklitepe and Karahantepe Excavations". Scientific studies in the symposium, which will last until May 27, in 5 different halls, will be shared with the world of archaeology. After the session, the protocol members examined the stands opened in the Metropolitan Municipality Nihat Zeybekci Congress and Culture Center Foyer Area.

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