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Anthropology and Archeology for the Turkey Traveler

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This is the new annual thread for those interested in the mystery of the people, nature, culture, history, architecture, art, economy, roads, routes, cities, towns, resorts, seas, islands, mountains, treks, of Asia Minor, or Anatolia, currently administered by a State called Republic of Turkey, a West affiliated, Islamist Autocracy on the way toward Theocracy, supported by the United States and EU, and even Russia, every now and then: embroiled in the morass that is the Middle East.

It has been reported that the people of this country are friendly and hospitable, government employees not very much so;
While hustlers may congregate at touristic areas of Istanbul, taxi cabs taken anywhere else are quite ethical, hoping for you to round up the fare shown on the meter to the next five or ten Lira.
There is no bargaining or negotiating at the regular shopping streets and malls.
Touristic areas have touristic restaurants, serving a clientelle who cannot differentiate between good and mediocre Turkish cuisine.
A reasonably inclusive visit to Turkey would take about two weeks and include Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus (and environs)

Exciting historic and archeological additions could be Hattusas, Mardin-Midyat, Urfa-Gobeklitepe,
Diyarbakir-Nemrut, Kars-Ani-DoguBeyazit, Sagalassos-Termessos, Myra-Kekova, Kas-Kalkan-Patara, Fethiye-Tlos-Xanthos, Letoon,Olu Deniz, Silifke-Olba, Anamur-Ermenek, and many more.

The two major spiritual locations are Kaz mountains close to Assos, Troy and Pergamon; and Kackar mountains on Eastern Black Sea.

The oldest excavated synagogue is at Sardis, the best Zeus temple at Aizanoi and remnants of the Anatolian Celtic Kingdom mixed with older civilizations at and around Corum province along with huge quantities of chickpeas and a very special rice/lamb dish.

Some of the mysteries are
the route to Hades at Hieropolis at Pamukkale
the tunnels under the old town in Istanbul
the tunnels under the Bosphorus University which used to be ab American college established in 1863.

Next post may be about education, languages, family, etc.

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