One Month in Turkey!

One Month in Turkey!

As some of you know, today I leave for one month in Turkey.  One month is a very long time to be away and it is going to be very exciting indeed.  For the first three weeks I am going to be participating in and documenting the Isparta Archeological Survey that is taking place in Isparta, Turkey.  The survey is a collaboration which includes members of the Department of Archaeology at Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi (Isparta, Turkey), members of the Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and members of the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, (Berlin, Germany).

Some students from Case Western Reserve University have already been onsite for one week but my scheduling didn’t allow for it so I fly out today.  That’s Cleveland – Chicago – Istanbul – Isparta.  It’s going to be a long day.  The Chicago – Istanbul flight is almost 11 hours.

During my 3 weeks onsite I will be filming a documentary as well as documenting and exploring other ways that New Media can be used to augment their work both in the field and in the museum they are establishing.  It is a very exciting project.  Please note that this is a “surgery” as apposed to a “dig” so we collect what is on the ground only.  I am very excited because I am told there is an ancient ruin of a Greek fortress on the site.

After the 3 weeks in Isparta I fly to Istanbul where Jenny will be meeting me for 8 days of vacation.  Of course vacation means photographing as many of the castles as I can in Istanbul (there are tons).

I will be posting updates to my University Blog page and linking them via Twitter, Facebook, and my Facebook group From Castle to Castle Productions (please Join).

I will try and post some video clips if I have permission to and if I can tunnel through the University network as Turkey is currently blocking YouTube (and maybe DailyMotion).

More to come soon.

Jared (from Cleveland)

[Re-posted from my University Blog & Edited 07/01/2011]