• ISSN: 2010-3646
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Social. Scienc. Humanit.
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IJSSH 2018 Vol.8(10): 261-265 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2018.V9.971

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage and the Suggestions on Preventing This Destruction: Turkey Model

Özdemir Kocak and Nuriye Külahli
Abstract—We have been doing archaeological surveys in the west of Turkey for 17 years. Also, in this region we carried out excavations in “Dede Mezarı”, MBA Cemetery for five years. During these studies, it has been found out that the thousands of years old sites were destroyed by illegal digs and agricultural activities. The most important way to prevent these ruins to raise the awareness of the security units and local community. It should be explained that the sites and the works that have come out of here have universal character; they should be protected and the archaeologists, art historians or historians who are expert on their fields can do excavations here. It should be emphasized that when the studies are carried out on a scientific level, the results will make a contribution to the development of the region, as well. Because people should be gathered from the local community in order to carry out these studies and certain amount of money will be paid for them. Moreover, the historical area will be brought in tourism and the works extracted from here will be exhibited in museums. So a long-termed and permanent source bearing no risk has been produced. These informative studies which are for local administrators and local people should be as regular workshops, conferences or field practice. It is crucial that the protection awareness of the archaeological sites should be gained at early ages.

Index Terms—Archaeological sites, illegal digs, the preservation of the ancient sites.

Özdemir Koçak is with Selcuk University Faculty of Letters, Department of History, Selcuk University Campus 42130 Konya, Turkey (e-mail: okocak@selcuk.edu.tr, ozdekocak@hotmail.com, okocak@selcuk.edu.tr).
Nuriye Külahlı is with Selcuk University School of Foreign Languages, Selcuk University Campus 42130 Konya, Turkey (e-mail: nuriyebahce@hotmail.com, nuriye.kulahli@selcuk.edu.tr).

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Cite: Özdemir Kocak and Nuriye Külahli, "The Destruction of Cultural Heritage and the Suggestions on Preventing This Destruction: Turkey Model," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 261-265, 2018.

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