This paper investigates how archaeology functioned in Turkey from the nineteenth century until the end of the 1940s. In the nineteenth-century Ottoman world, an awareness was raised to acknowledge the power of patrimony. Amidst intense reforms to Westernize the empire, archaeological artifacts were used as a means of Europeanness. The Greek, Roman, and Byzantine pasts of the Ottoman lands were the focus of this era. The foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 marked the start of a new project to create a modern nation-state out of a centuries’ old Islamic dynasty. This project rewrote the history of Turkish nation in relation to prehistoric civilizations such as the Hittites and the Sumerians. Archaeology became the primary tool of the Republic to validate the renewed history.
The Knife’s Edge of the Present: Archaeology in Turkey from the Nineteenth Century to the 1940s / Dinler, Mesut. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY. - ISSN 1092-7697. - ELETTRONICO. - (2018). [10.1007/s10761-017-0446-x]
|Titolo:||The Knife’s Edge of the Present: Archaeology in Turkey from the Nineteenth Century to the 1940s|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10761-017-0446-x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|