All Italian archaeological missions operating in Turkey presented themselves to the Turkish public at a symposium held at the Italian Cultural Center in Istanbul from November 17 to 18, for the thirteenth time this year.
Italian archaeological missions operating in Turkey for decades work with scientific rigor in harmony and close cooperation with Turkish academic institutions to develop the vast archaeological heritage found in Anatolia.
During the symposium organized under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Ankara and presented by Ambassador Giorgio Marrapodi and Rahmi Asal, Director of the Archaeological Museums of Istanbul, all heads of Italian archaeological missions operating in Turkey, some of whom worked in the regions for twenty years, take turns speaking.
Even in remote areas of Turkey, Italian archaeological missions, reinforced by an economic incentive linked to the local social fabric, continue to develop at every opportunity as a development guideline in bilateral relations, thanks to the support of the Embassy of Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), Italian cultural promotion activities. It has been an essential reference for many years.
In his speech, Ambassador Marrapodi underlined that “Italy and Turkey continue to work with an emphasis on joint action to promote mutual prosperity and peace, and they are united by deep ties at the level civil societies that nurture this bilateral relationship”. “Our bilateral dialogue, which is the broad heritage not only of material but also of ideas that characterizes the two countries, should be the basis for deepening in all aspects,” Ambassador Marrapodi noted.
“Today, Italian archaeologists, together with their Turkish colleagues, study and analyze the main periods of human history, from prehistory to the classical period through the Byzantine period, and all these discoveries are presented in international journals the most prestigious,” Salvatore said. Schirmo, director of the Italian Cultural Center in Istanbul.
In their presentations, the archaeologists described the main results of scientific research that emerged in their study area during the summer season. These are the conclusions that emerge from the work of researchers sent from Italy, as an excellent example of cultural cooperation that is renewed every year and thanks to the deep knowledge of their Turkish colleagues on the soil and archaeological techniques.
Italy is among the countries that contribute the most to the development of archaeological excavations in Turkey, thanks to the cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and fruitful agreements with local authorities. Among the most important Italian archaeological missions in Anatolia financed by DFAIT, one cannot ignore Malatya-Arslantepe, Gaziantep-Karkamış, Yozgat-Uşaklı Höyük, Niğde-Kınık Höyük, Mersin-Yumuktepe, Kayseri-Kültepe and Mersin-Elaiussa.