|Budget Amount *help
¥9,000,000 (Direct Cost: ¥9,000,000)
Fiscal Year 2006: ¥2,600,000 (Direct Cost: ¥2,600,000)
Fiscal Year 2005: ¥3,200,000 (Direct Cost: ¥3,200,000)
Fiscal Year 2004: ¥3,200,000 (Direct Cost: ¥3,200,000)
1. Conservation : In the excavation at Kaman-Kalehoyuk, we committed to the conservation of excavated artifacts, and it is the core part of our research. The number of archaeological artifacts including metal products, earthenware products, wood products, and ivory/bone products cured during 2004 to 2006 is 1, 158 in total. Besides, aiming at developing more effective and appropriate conservation technique, we have experimented, studied and accumulated data on metal products' keeping quality, coating material and adhesives.
2. Chemical Analysis : Chemical analysis for excavated artifacts has done mainly on metal products and earthenware products. Especially studies of metallurgic technology at Kaman-Kalehoyuk through analysis on excavated metal slug and earthenware products technique with burning kiln were focused on.
3. Research on Kultepe Document: 246 clay tablets excavated from Kultepe in 1996 were mainly focused on: we took pictures of them, transcribed cuneiforms and read the document. This research brought us new classification and dating of the document, which was excavated in 1996 and could be categorized as the "archive" of some Assyrian merchants.
4. Research on Seal: The research was mainly done on bulla, or clay lumps with sealimpressions excavated from "Round Structure 1" at Kaman-Kalehoyuk. Measuring the clay lumps, annotating and taking pictures, we've read Hittite-Hieroglyphic on the seal with a researcher from London University, and it brought us considerable progress. Comparing to materials from other archaeological sites, the hypothesis became more clear that the sealimpressions excavated from "Round Structure 1" belongs to the period from 15th century BC to the first half of 14th century BC.