The third International Conference on kerpic’13 – New Generation Earthen Architecture: Learning from Heritage, to be held on 11-14 September 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey. The focus of the conference has evolved from new generation of earthen architecture, environment and health care, towards disaster prevention. We hope that it will bring together the related disciplines of architects and engineers, on material, construction, marketing and environmental science to create database, technology watch and strategy.
A workshop will be organized on site where all the participants can take part. Social and cultural program will offer an interesting historical tour and a distinguished dinner will welcome you. Post Congress program will be a tour to various sites of Turkey. Fore more information visit http://www.kerpic.org/2013/
Situated in Central Anatolia, Hattuša remained the capital city of the Hittites from 1650/1600 to around 1200 BC. Here, as recently as 2003 to 2005, the German Archaeological Institute has rebuilt one stretch of the mudbrick city wall. The scope of this project in experimental archaeology has been to recreate a part of the wall using the same materials the Hittites had at hand when they built their original walls so long ago. Each step necessary for the construction was fully documented so as to enable us to assess not only the amount of building materials required but also the manpower and time the Hittites must have invested in the various tasks of construction.
This volume presents the results gleaned from this documentation. From the production of the first mudbrick to the dedication of the finished structure, each and every undertaking has been described in detail and is presented here accompanied by 573 illustrations.
For more information visit:
German Institute of Archaeology (In english, german and turkish)
Hattuscha-webpage (in English, German and Turkish)
This book is published also in German and Turkish:
Die Lehmziegel-Stadtmauer von Hattusa
Bericht über eine Rekonstruktion
Hattusa Kerpic Kent Suru
Bir Rekonstrüksiyon Çal??mas?
The “Living in Earthen Cities – kerpic’05” congress is to be held at Istanbul Technical University , July 6-7 in Istanbul, Turkey. The focus of the congresses has evolved from quality of life in earthen architecture, environmental and health care, towards disaster prevention. The congress organizers hope that it will bring together the related disciplines of architects and engineers, on material, construction, marketing and environmental science, to create database, technology watch and strategy. The workshop will cover the entire construction activities of alker (gypsum stabilized earthen material), where all the participants can take part. Social and cultural program will offer interesting historical tour; distinguished dinner will welcome you on Bosphorus. Visit the Congress Website
Local workers make mud bricks, dry them in the sun, and shape them into the walls of the experimental neolithic house. Watch the streaming video. The video is part of an archeological study of «atalhˆyuk, a Neolithic town from 9,000 years ago, located in modern-day Turkey. «atalhˆyuk means ‘forked mound’ and refers to the site’s east and west mounds, which formed as centuries of townspeople tore down and rebuilt the settlement’s mud-brick houses. No one knows what the townspeople called their home 9,000 years ago.