Once upon a time in Anatolia: a photo exhibition from archaeologist John Garstang

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John Garstang was a pioneer in using photography to record archaeological excavations. The British archaeologist travelled across Anatolia and northern Syria in 1907 and was the first to document the full extent of the Hittite empire. The Hittites were a major civilisation and reached their peak during the 14th century BC, controlling much of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). The images Garstang took are now on display in Istanbul and include photographs of local sites, records of archaeological digs and portraits. Some were staged for his sponsors back in Britain. One shows Garstang posing outside a tent with a teapot and a saddle, while others are more realistic, showing him supervising work.

John Garstang's Footsteps Across Anatolia runs at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations, Istanbul, until December 20. For more information visit https://rcac.ku.edu.tr/tr

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