Preservation and Documentation Works

LANDSCAPING AND PRESERVATION WORKS

In addition to archaeological excavations, preservation and repair activities for architectural remains and finds have continued without any interruption. Protection, preservation, restoration works as well as landscaping activities have been undertaken at Great Palace, İmam Abdullah Zawiyah and Artuqid Zawiyah within the scope of the approved projects by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board. Necessary measures were taken to prevent collapse of the tower in front of the Great Palace, and the İmam Abdullah Zawiyah was restored, and now it is open for visits.

During the 2010 campaign, the pavement stones of the stairway and ramps on a 464 m long and 3.5 m wide road were removed in the visiting route of the Citadel in order to fix potholes and other defects and get rid of the slippery walking trail. For a safer visit, the road has been enlarged without interfering with the bedrock. A 430 m long, 0.20 m high and 0.30 m wide parapet was built in potentially dangerous sections on the visiting route.

Furthermore, preservation and repair works were conducted in the Zeynel Bey Tomb, Ulu Mosque, Artuqid Hammam, The Er-Rızk, Koç, Kızlar and Sultan Süleyman Mosques, and Citadel gates within the scope of the projects prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Bridge Piers are restored by the General Directorate for Highways.

CONSERVATION WORK ON THE CERAMIC, GLASS AND METAL ARTIFACTS

Washing, cleaning, inventorying, photographing, documentation of many ceramic, glass, metal and other items that were uncovered during the 2004-2013 campaign; and laboratory work of artifacts that required restoration and maintenance were performed, and finally inventory artifacts were delivered to the Mardin Museum until 2012; and to the Batman Museum in 2013.

DOCUMENTATION WORK

The documentation, staging and repair (survey, restitution and restoration) projects of the buildings unearthed at the site during excavations were outsourced to professional architecture companies. In addition to that, the excavation team is continuously engaged in documenting by photography and photo archiving.

Due to changes in climate conditions since 2006, excessive precipitation, heavy winter conditions and icing have a negative impact on the cultural assets of Hasankeyf, leading to a rapid destruction process. Therefore, in order to document the monumental sized cultural assets in Hasankeyf by camera, an expert team was hired for video recording (Image ). Data are separetely stored in videotape, DVD and hard-disk settings. Furthermore, digital scanning of major buildings was outsourced.

The expenses related with excavations and other works are covered by the GAP Regional Administration Directorate and DSİ General Directorate.