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.
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.
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: