ÇORUM AND ALACAHÖYÜK

YOU CAN WITNESS WORLD HISTORY IN ALACAHÖYÜK FROM THE BRONZE AGE TO THE HITTITE EMPIRE AND FROM THE BYZANTIUM TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE.

If you visit the Alacahöyük area of Çorum, an important rites and arts center dating from the Bronze Age and the Hittite era will greet you. After you pass through the ten meters tall gate, which has a limestone base built with andesitic blocks and is accompanied by sphinxes on both sides, every step you take towards inside will be witnessing world history.

Did Theodor Makridi, the Greek archeologist of the Ottoman Empire, know that he would discover thousands of years old history when he started his first excavation site in the Alacahöyük area? The findings that were discovered after he gave the first blow with his pickaxe held light not only to Anatolian history but also to world history. The findings were conserved well until the Ottoman era all the way from the Bronze-Stone Age.

Treaty drafts, letters that the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II. and the Hittite King Hattusili II. wrote to each other were some of the findings among the first tablets that were found during the excavations of Theodor Makridi. This proved that this place was the capital of the Hattian lands, the Hittite Empire, Hattusa.

Stone weapons, household items made out of rocks, painted mud bowls, and even fruit holders with stands, dating from the Chalcolithic, Old Bronze, Hittite, Frig, Roman and Byzantium ages, that were found during the digs done after Makridi are on exhibition at the Alacahöyük Museum. The most important relic of the exhibit is the 13 King Tombs dating from the Old Bronze Age.

It is also possible to see the dam, holding 2.5 million cubic meters of water today that was built in 1240 and dedicated to the Goddess Hepat in Alacahöyük.