Our Event on Kayseri Keykubadiye Excavations Ends


In Âşık Paşa Conference Hall on 26 November 2019, our Turkish-Islamic Arts and Archaeology Research Center organized an event titled “Kayseri Keykubadiye Excavations”, which Rector Prof. Dr. Gülfettin Çelik also attended. The guest speaker of the event was Prof. Dr. Ali Baş of the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Selçuk University.  

Prof. Dr. Kadir Pektaş, Director of the Turkish-Islamic Arts and Archaeology Research Center, delivered a short greeting speech, which was followed by the opening remarks of Prof. Dr. İhsan Fazlıoğlu, Dean of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In his speech, Prof. Dr. Fazlıoğlu expressed his appreciation of the increasing importance recently attached to Seljuk and Ottoman archaeology, the fact that the activities of our Department of Art History are also guided toward this direction, and many departments in our University are cooperating with other universities in our country and enriching their activities.

In his opening remarks, Rector Prof. Dr. Gülfettin Çelik highlighted the importance of production, artisanship, and commerce for survival of countries and said: “The Seljuks’ history that started with Manzikert is a historical legacy made possible with new trade routes and integration of economy with production, artisanship, and commerce in this context. Kayseri is one of the key symbols of this period when Anatolia was established as the land of Turks.” Prof. Dr. Çelik then welcomed Prof. Dr. Ali Baş and all the guests.

The event continued with the presentation of Prof. Dr. Ali Baş, who is also serving as the Head of the Excavation Committee for archaeological excavations in Keykubadiye Palace, which was built by Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I of the Anatolian Seljuks and destroyed by the Mongols. In his presentation, Prof. Dr. Baş shared valuable information about the ongoing excavations.