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x0x WORLD'S FIRST AND ONLY OPEN-AIR SCULPTING WORKSHOP IN GAZIANTEP AWAITING TOURISTS

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  • Ahmet Toprak
    x0x WORLD S FIRST AND ONLY OPEN-AIR SCULPTING WORKSHOP IN GAZIANTEP AWAITING TOURISTS AA, 01 June 00, GAZIANTEP - Yesemek, world s one and only open-air
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      x0x WORLD'S FIRST AND ONLY OPEN-AIR SCULPTING WORKSHOP IN GAZIANTEP AWAITING TOURISTS

      AA, 01 June 00, GAZIANTEP - Yesemek, world's one and only open-air sculpting
      workshop, located in the Islahiye township of Gaziantep, is getting
      ready to host domestic and foreign tourists, officials said on
      Thursday.
      The A.A correspondent reported that studies are being continued to
      turn Yesemek into a ''field of statues'' by re-arranging about 300
      statues and statuettes.
      The Gaziantep Tourism Directorate prepared books, booklets, video
      cassettes, and CD-Roms to introduce the open-air workshop to the
      world.
      Yesemek was discovered in 1890 by Felix Von Luschan, during the
      course of excavations in the Zincirli township. Further excavations
      carried out between 1958 and 61 by Dr Bahadir Alkim had revealed
      nearly 200 ancient statues.
      Recently, more findings were unearthed by Archaeologist Ilhan
      Temizsoy.
      Research made on the area indicated that the workshop had employed
      the residents of an ancient Hittite town between 1375-35 B.C.
      Hittite towns had been invaded one by one, by seagoing
      communities, and regressing inland towards South East Anhatolia, they
      had turned into feudal kingdoms. This age is known as the Late Hittite
      Period.
      Sam'al, known today as Zincirli, was the kingdom to rule over the
      region, which embraced also Yesemek in the 9th century B.C. From the
      first quarter of the century onwards, the workshops of the town
      resumed production, but the period itself imposed Assyrian influences
      on the workshop's artistic production. In the following decades, other
      nations ruled over the region, each leaving their own artistic
      influences.
      The Sam'al Kingdom went under Assyrian dominance in the final
      quarter of the 8th century B.C, and Yesemek workshop was closed
      forever, until 1890, when excavations brought it back into light.
      The rich collection of the ancient workshop, presently on exhibit
      at the open-air workshop are sphinxes, depictions of lions, mountain
      gods, creatures, and various cult characters.
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