There are several excavation are
as at Çatal.The largest one is covered by an oval shelter. I’ve seen many photos, so seeing it first hand, and touring it is really amazing.
It’s been built to protect the dig from the elements and it shelters the archeologists from the intense heat. I hear arguments: One Polish archeologist complains that it’s sweltering in here. The damn shelter acts like a green house. A woman shouts at him: what else do you want? We have shelter, we have breeze. Where else do you see this?
At first, there were questions about my presence at Çatalhöyük. The Turkish government keeps a close eye on all archeological excavations and there is always a government official at hand. Everything must go through his approval. Ian Hodder must handle things very delicately as any infraction may shut down the dig. I wasn’t allowed to enter the excavation areas without supervision the first three days.
I was sitting, bored, drinking tea when Mustafa came along and said, we have visitors! Come!
The next day - the fourth day, I was given approval to roam about the site as I wish. More on that next time.