Monday 30 July 2012

Archeologist James Mellaart passes away

Archeologist James Mellaart investigator of ancient Anatolia passed away on Sunday. Born in 1925 in London, Mellaart worked at the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara as an assistant in 1951. During a dig he conducted while working at the institute, he stumbled upon the first finds at Çatalhöyük, one of the oldest known sites of human settlement discovered in Anatolia. Between 1961 and 1963, he lectured at İstanbul University’s department of archaeology. Mellaart’s research was stopped by Turkish authorities following the Dorak affair, which involved the controversial disappearance of several artefacts. The archaeologist was subsequently banned from entering Turkey by the government. Melaart was one of my lecturers in my first year at London.

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