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.
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.
The Taşlı Geçit Höyük Project has been carried out by the University of Bologna between 2009 and 2010. The website, both in English and in Turkish, presents a gallery of all the excavation areas and provide access to a complete web database from the excavations at the site.
Visit the Taslı website.
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.