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Istanbul University Rıdvan Çelikel Archaeology Museum

İstanul Üniversitesi Rıdvan Çelikel Arkeolji Müzesi, Edebiyat Fakültesi, Ordu Caddesi, Beyazıt, Istanbul

The museum is located on Ordu Caddesi just to the east of the Literature Faculty (Edebiyat Fakültesi) and opposite the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. It is well signposted. Entrance is free. A small café is attached, offering basic refreshments.


The museum documents all the archaeological work, excavations and surveys, that has been carried out over many decades by the staff and students of Istanbul University. Lists of the projects and their directors accompany a display of just a few of the finds that they produced. A map shows the extent of the work, covering almost every corner and province of Turkey. The display of artifacts is arranged chronologically and extends from the Paleolithic Age to the Seljuk and Ottoman periods, a span of roughly ten millennia. There is also a display of equipment that was used by the archaeologists, an insight into how basic some of the tools were until recently; for instance, portable typewriters and box cameras. For the archaeology enthusiast this museum is a gem, offering a display of many interesting and often surprising objects even though they represent only small finds and study material (the labels are only in Turkish). It encapsulates the wealth and diversity of Turkey’s archaeological heritage and is a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of generations of archaeologists who either taught at or were trained in the Literature Faculty of Istanbul University. – CS Lightfoot, Independent scholar and archaeologist, Girne, TRNC


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