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The 2003 programme for the Kerkenes Eco-Center Project was brought to a successful conclusion while paving the way for further development. The construction of the Eco-Building together with other on-going activities have demonstrated that the Kerkenes Eco-Center can advocate a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to the development and improvement of rural settlements in Central Turkey. Official recognition of the Sahmuratli Village Association in the summer 2004, after a lengthy round of bureaucratic procedures, was another significant milestone and has opened up more avenues for the implementation of future programmes.
The organic garden continues to be taken care of by Memis Gençarslan, the Kerkenes Project guard, who has experimented with different watering techniques (Fig. 24). It is hoped that support for the continuation of these activities and related research will be forthcoming. The grey water system also awaits improvements and would benefit from closer monitoring. Plans for a more detailed study of water resources management and the use of wind pumps and other renewable sources of energy will also be put forward in future proposals.
A most welcomed donation was a Parry Brick Press (Fig. 25), which arrived at Sahmuratli in August 2004. During a trip to UK in November 2003, sponsored by the British Council Partnership Scheme, a visit was made to the Parry Workshop in Birmingham.

The Parry News, Issue 37 (http://www.parryassociates.com/NL37_jpa.htm) included an article on the activities related to the ongoing research. John Parry also introduced the Kerkenes Eco-Center Project to Anthony Burdens and we are extremely grateful to the Burdens Charitable Foundation for the purchase of a Parry Brick Press donated to the project.
It is also encouraging to see great improvements to the infrastructure of the rural areas undertaken by the local authorities and we are all are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped. The Yozgat Governor, the Directors and staff of the Yozgat Rural Services, TEDAS and Türk Telekom, the Sorgun District Governor and the Sorgun Mayor have continued to manifest their support for and interest in various aspect of the Kerkenes Project and should be thanked for responding to many requests coming from the village of Sahmuratli.
In August 2004, the Governor of Yozgat, Gökhan Sözer, and his large entourage visited the Kerkenes Depot and Laboratory where the recent and most exciting new archaeological discoveries, including Phrygian inscriptions and a sculpture, were being restored. He also expressed interest in the Kerkenes Eco-Center activities (Fig. 26), which included strawbale construction. This provided Bora Topluoglu, expert in straw bale construction, with the opportunity to explain how rural Turkey could benefit from the use of such building techniques, especially in earthquake zones.
The summer 2004 was when, once more, workers from Sahmuratli village, students from METU and participants from other parts of Turkey and from distant places abroad, worked together to share knowledge and experiences. In August 2004 the construction of a small strawbale greenhouse (Fig. 27) was started under the expertise of Bora Topluoglu who lives in Australia but regularly visits his native Turkey.

Finally, the most encouraging of all events was the acceptance of a proposal for the 2004 Kerkenes Eco-Center programme, focusing on the construction of a straw bale house and a small greenhouse at Kerkenes. This ongoing programme of activities has been generously funded by the Canada Fund of the Canadian Embassy. A full report on these exciting new initiatives will be prepared in due time. A few photos (Fig. 28) are provided below and progress can be followed on the Kerkenes web page at:



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