In six days, I’ll be jumping on a flight to Istanbul to work on an archaeological dig for a month!
I went to Turkey for the first time in 2012 to work on the excavations at Çadır Höyük and I’m excited to journey back to the lovely town of Peynir Yemez for round two! To say the experience was transformative is an understatement — the number of things I learned during my first season in the field is immeasurable. Previous to working on the dig, my only archaeological experience was absorbed through art history textbooks and the learning curve was steep. Let’s just say it was tough. (note — garden trowels you get at Canadian Tire are not what real-live archaeologists use)
Despite my unarchaeological disposition (which I finally did overcome by discovering my proficiency in archaeological sketching) I fell in love with Turkey — the people, the landscape, the food. It was all so foreign to me but at the same time felt familiar. The world was made smaller to me, in the best possible way.
I can’t wait to go back.
I haven’t written much about my summer at the dig because it happened right before I started The Food Girl in Town and once I landed in Halifax I was too busy to writing about stuffing my face in a new city. I can’t wait to fill you in on the trip and show you how exciting, and delicious, the central Anatolian planes can be. Just you wait!
For now, sit back relax and enjoy some snaps from my travels around Turkey after the dig in 2012.
Güle güle. (that means see you later! in Turkish)
If you want to learn more about the awesome work that is going on at Çadır Höyük, you can check out their website to get all the important stuff!