Neolithic Heritage of Anatolia Documented

The Neolithic heritage of Anatolia is being documented and presented to the international public opinion.

"Moving Stones: Europe's Neolithic Bridge Anatolia," launched by Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA) in Istanbul as part of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme (ICD), conducted by Yunus Emre Institute, has been promoted for the media outlets.

The press conference of the project which seeks to document Turkey's Neolithic heritage was held at Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA) in Institut Français in Istanbul on September 19, 2019. The press conference was attended by Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Civil Society, Fundamental Rights, Judiciary and Home Affairs Section Head and Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes Istanbul Director Bayram Balcı, the project team, the members of academic consultative board of the project, the documentary film crew, archaeologists and many distinguished guests, and the documentary film which is currently being filmed was promoted.

"We establish ties among people"

Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş delivered a keynote speech at the press conference, stressing the importance of ensuring communication among people based on the architectural and archaeological data. Ateş indicated that the Institute will lend support to the project and contribute to the efforts of establishing ties between Turkey and the world.

Moving Stones

The "Moving Stones" project seeks to raise awareness of society toward archaeological assets and document and disseminate the Neolithic heritage of Anatolia through a documentary to be filmed. The project which is planned to be completed by the end of 2020 will promote the excavation sites, and historical sites of the Neolithic age including Göbeklitepe along with their stories.

The documentary is filming the archaeological excavation work on the humanity's first settlements as well as collections at museums with permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and under the guidance of museum directors, and it is directed by Enis Rıza and produced by Nalan Sakızlı. Jale Mekiş Diker is taking photographs under the project.