Bogazkoy Museum and Alacahoyuk Museum,
Alacahoyuk Museum is in the village of Alacahoyuk in the sub-province of Alacahoyuk Museum is in the village of Alacahoyuk in the sub-province of Alaca in Corum. The museum was built in 1935 on account of the excavations which were started by the Turkish Historical Institute, on a site next door to the excavation buildings. The findings of the Alacahoyuk excavations are exhibited
1 — Findings from the Alacahoyuk Chalcolithic Age (4000 BC).
2 — Reproductions of sun and stag discs from the Old Bronze Age. The originals are in the Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilisations).
3 — Discs and ceramics from the Alacahoyuk Copper age.
4 – Pottery, and earthenware bath bowls from the Middle Hittites (1650 – 1450 BC) and Hittite Empire period (1450 – 1200 BC) found in Alacahoyuk.
5 — Findings from the Phrygian and Late Phrygian periods. On the walls of the museum are photographs and plans of Alacahoyuk excavations, and there is a section exhibiting the handicrafts and weaving of the village of Alacahoyuk. In front of the Sphinx Gate leading to the ruins of Alacahoyuk, a new museum building is under construction. You can check our Special tours in Turkey page if you want to join a tour.
The Bogazkoy Museum is situated in Hattusas, the capital city of the Hittites. Hattusas is 4 km east of the town of Bogazkale in Sungurlu, a sub-province of Corum. The first excavations in Hattusas, whose golden period was between 2000 and 1200 BC, were begun in 1906, and the 4 large gates of the 7 km long city wall and temples dating from the Great Hittite State were uncovered. After a break excavations were renewed in 1931 and have continued up to the present day. Findings of the excavations in the Buyukkale and Yazilkaya temples in Hattusas cover an extended period, from the Early Hittite period (2000 BC) to the Late Hittites period (ninth to sixth centuries BC). Tablets inscribed with cuneiform writing and seals found in the excavations have been deciphered. In 1966 a local museum building was opened, in Bogazkale, named the Bogazkoy Museum, in order to exhibit examples of findings at Hattusas at the excavation site and provide a brief summary of information for tourists.
In Bogazkoy Museum are exhibited Hittite period ceramics; findings dating from the period (1800 – 1700 BC) when Hattusas was a small city, or rather a principality; works from the first golden period of Hittite history (1600- 1450 BC); and ceramics, pottery figures of animals, and small metal and bone objects from the Great Hittite Empire (1400 – 1200 BC) . In the museum, there are also plans of Hattusas, reproductions of certain important findings and information about Hattusas. A small room of the museum contains ethnographic examples from Bogazkoy, including carpets, kilims, embroidery, ornaments etc. In the garden of the museum are inscriptions and gravestones from the Roman and Byzantine periods.