Museum in ‘City of Prophets' charts span of human history
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJun 11, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jun 11, 2015 12:00 am
The Şanlıurfa Archaeology Museum, which was opened recently by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, offers a breathtaking journey through history from the beginning of humankind to the present through artifacts that date back to as early as the Paleolithic era
The Archaeology Museum in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa opened on May 24, offering visitors the chance to explore the human adventure from the beginning of our story to the present, through artifacts and animations. Established on a 200-hectare area near the historical site of Balıklıgöl, the Şanlıurfa Museum complex displays artifacts in chronological order with visual animations, making visitors feel as if they were living in the various periods. Showcasing tombs, engraved stones featuring hundreds of human and animal figures, and tablets, the museum takes its visitors on a historical journey and allows them to witness the development of humanity in its special rooms designed in accordance with specific periods.
Showcasing tombs, engraved stones featuring hundreds of human and animal figures as well as tablets, the museum takes its visitors on a historical journey and allows them to witness the development of humanity.
Visitors begin their journey at the beginning of human history in the "the Paleolithic Era" room.. Animations show how people survived during the period through hunting and gathering. Visitors also see how early human beings used to light fires. While visitors walk around the museum in chronological order, they can see the "Balıklıgöl" sculpture, a 180-centimeter sculpture dating back to 9,500 B.C. and known as the world's first engraved sculpture made according its original dimensions. Visitors then arrive at another section to explore the Neolithic, or the New Stone Age, which is probably the museum's most successful area. This section includes artifacts and replicas of such early Neolithic settlements like "Nevalı Çori" and "Göbeklitepe," the two places that changed the course of human history. The next section portrays "the Chalcolithic Age." Visitors can find animations and artifacts giving information about the trade activities of that time. Another section allocated to the Bronze Age displays certain artifacts discovered in the Lidar Tumulus. Here visitors find toys and whistles dating back to 3500 B.C.
The historical journey continues with "the Iron Age" section, introducing artifacts made of basalt. Visitors can walk along an imitation of a Roman-era street and encounter a glass workshop. A special section is allocated for Islamic-era artifacts as well. Twelve projectors shows how monotheism emerged in Şanlıurfa, commonly referred to as the "City of Prophets," and the legendary story of King Nemrut and Prophet Abraham in a room. The projections offer a 360-degree video presentation on the four walls of the room. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Müslüm Ercan, the museum director, said that they received positive feedback from visitors. He said visitors like both the museum's architectural structure and the artifacts. Ercan went on to say that the artifacts are shown in chronological order, which help visitors enjoy their time and learn more about history. Twenty animations are available for visitors to better understand different historical periods, Ercan continued. He said the museum complex will guide other museums in Turkey with its rich content and features.