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Domuztepe display at the Kahramanmaras Museum in Kahramanmaras, Turkey (Photo Credits)

The Kahramanmaraş Project: Unearthing History in Southeastern Turkey

International archeological digs in Kahramanmaraş, Turkey — led by UCLA professor Dr. Elizabeth Carter — have revealed significant findings about cultural intersections amongst groups such as the Hittites, Romans, and Armenians since the Late Neolithic Period.
Kahramanmaraş is an archeological treasure. Situated at the foot of the Taurus mountains in Southeastern Turkey, the picturesque city is rich in history and culture. Dr. Elizabeth Carter, Professor Emerita, UCLAUntil the 1980s, what lay under the now-bustling Kahramanmaraş was largely unexplored. But this would not be the case for long. During the second half of the decade, UCLA professor Dr. Elizabeth Carter would develop an interest in the area and pioneer the Kahramanmaraş Project at the Domuztepe excavation site. The project, which included an initial survey of the area and a subsequent dig, was an international collaborative effort. Discoveries from the Kahramanmaraş Project have had an immense impact on the global archeological community. Dr. Carter’s team unearthed an extensive architectural plan, an elaborate mass burial, and artificial terracing at Domuztepe. Individual artifacts from the site — including seals and ceramics — are now on display at the Kahramanmaraş Museum. A room and a half in the museum is devoted to Dr. Carter’s excavation. A remarkable part of this large collection is the reconstruction of a house, based on uncovered ceramics that had pictures of houses on them. Findings from Domuztepe can be attributed to groups such as the Hittites, Romans, and Armenians, illuminating cultural intersectionality over time.