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22 Mart 2013 tarihinde yayınlandı. Gösterim: 4585

Kaman Kalehöyük Archeology Museum

Kaman-Kalehöyük excavations, which are in the Çağırkan town of Kırşehir, were started by the Japanese Anatolia Archeology Museum in 1986. 

The need to exhibit the artifacts that had been discovered in the excavations for years appeared.Therefore the museum was built with the grant given by the Japanese government within the context of the “cultural heritage preservation program”.  The construction started in 2008 and the museum was opened in 2010 by Japanese Prince Tomohito Mika and Minister of Culture and Tourism ErtuğrulGünay.

The museum has brought a different point of view to the understanding of museology today and it became the onlyexample in our country by virtue of forming a whole with the institute and the excavation area.  At the same time, it has provided different points of view to the understanding of museology of our country in many fields from archeology to technology.

Its architecture in the form of a hill town was inspired by Kalehöyük.  In the design of the museum, the purpose was the exhibition of the findings that were discovered in the Kalehöyük excavations and also, another goal was to demonstrate to the visitors the special methods that were used in the hill town excavation. The openings that the archeologists opened on the hill town in the dimensions of 10 X 10 m in order to uncover the old artifacts and architectural remains are seen in the open exhibition area of the museum.

The aim was to transmit the cultural heritage here to the subsequent generations in the best way and to this end, a specially climatized warehouse and exhibition system were provided to ensure the preservation of the archeological artifacts against time and environmental conditions.

Although mostly the artifacts from Kaman-Kalehöyük are displayed in the museum, the artifacts that were discovered in the Kırıkkale Büklükale and Kırşehir Yassıhöyük excavations, which were started by the Japanese Anatolia Archeology Institute in the years 2009-2010, were also received by the museum and they are being displayed in display windows.  Artifacts from the Iron Age, Hittite and Assyrian Trade Colonies periods constitute most of the display items in the museum, but there are also artifacts from the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Ages, Iron Age and Ottoman period. 

In the exhibition style of the artifacts, a chronological system that startsfrom the top layer to the lower layers is applied, which is different from the other museums. The reason forthat is that the excavations are still ongoing and the bottom layers could not be reached yet.  Some of the artifacts displayed in the display windows are supported by their definitions and some of them are supported by drawings that show how the artifact in question was used.   

In the exhibition hall, the walls have been presented with some informative pictures, chronological charts, introductory boards and visual aids so that the visitors can get information about the locations of the Kaman Kalehöyük, Yassıhöyük and Büklükale remains.


In addition, a model that gives information on the Ottoman period, a model of Kaman Kalehöyük that has been reduced on a scale of 1/100 and that shows the culture layers together with a LED lighting system inside; ceramic cases, which have been placed so that the visitors can touch history; a LCD screen that shows some seals in 3D and that works with a kiosk machine; LCD screens that show the life in Kalehöyük in the Hittite Imperial Age and Iron Age and in which 3D animation is done again through a kiosk, and an interaction system, which is at the entrance of the museum and which scatters when pressed, are important innovations that this museum has provided to the understanding of museology in our country.  The natural stones and wooden beams that were used in the decoration of the museum interior as well as the exhibition hall have provided a quite authentic appearance.