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Inclusive Archaeology describes an approach based on an integration of views, techniques and methods. Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and hybridization become part of an anthropological perspective in which archaeology is seen as fully integrated within the broader frame of social sciences. Science accepts that different disciplines do not contribute to historical and behavioral explanations simply by an accumulation of knowledge, but also contaminating each other through shared objectives and views. At the same time, science acknowledges multiculturality, meaning specific values and approaches elaborated outside the Western world.
There is no truth in science, but only doubts and (new) questions. Social sciences may be deemed scientific when they allow the possibility of verifying each intellectual process at each step.
Inclusive Archaeology is based on openness, towards local and regional communities (science does not live in isolation but has an impact on and needs feedback from those communities), towards the scientific community (dissemination of newly produced data is the core mission of scientists), towards the global community (digital technologies must be used to build new forms of integrated datasets which may be used freely through the web). [NM]
OrientGIS.net is a research website about a networked approach to GIS applied to near eastern landscapes and sites. We aim at creating visual tools for studying and characterizing ancient societies and their environmental setting (both ancient and modern), building on materials acquired or designed by our research group or processed after downloading, receiving or scanning them with due credit from various sources.View Site
The Joint Expedition is directed by Nicolò Marchetti (Bologna University), with Hasan Peker (Istanbul University) as deputy director. The founding Universities of the project are those of Bologna, Gaziantep and Istanbul, with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism (General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums, Gaziantep Conservation Committee and Gaziantep Archaeological Museum). Technical partnerships are active with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Governate, Şahinbey Municipality, Karkamış Municipality and Karkamış Local Governate. Financial sponsors for the project are the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research and the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna and the Sanko Holding.
The Tilmen Höyük Project is an excavation in south-eastern Turkey which took place under the auspices of the University of Bologna and that of Istanbul between 2003 and 2008. The website, both in English and in Turkish, presents a gallery of the excavation areas in the lower town and offers access to a complete web database of 928 finds from the investigations in that sector.
An online relational MySQL public and full database with all the finds (pottery, small finds and samples, more than 30,000 entries overall) from the excavations carried out by the Chair of Near Eastern Archaeology of the University of Bologna. The first batch released concerns the 2003-2007 excavations in the lower town of Tilmen Höyük in Turkey.