ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- A boring field of science; a lecture from college years; the title character of the "Indiana Jones" franchise; searching for historical artifacts; and so on. If you have other suggestions for this list of what archaeology means, then it is high time you purchase an issue of AktÜel
Available in English in 45 countries spanning from America to
While flipping trough the pages of the most recent Turkish issue, you can find a mosaic-style photo of
"What we would like to do is contribute to the appreciation of the cultural differences and contrasts on the lands of
= 'There was a lack of archaeological magazines in
Nagis, along with the magazine's executive editor Ayse Tatar and editor
However, Nagis admitted that they sincerely had not expected the magazine to attract attention at first, and that the distribution company had even told the editors not to expect a high sales volume. "The first Turkish issue came out with 6,000 copies, 3,000 of which were sold. We were all amazed when we learned that half of the copies had been purchased; that really encouraged us to concentrate on our work more intensely," Nagis said.
Nagis and his team had also been enthusiastic about publishing AktÜel Arkeoloji in English since the first issue of the
Feedback on AktÜel Arkeoloji from foreign countries has been positive to date, and it has even been used as reference source. "With the magazine being published in other countries, we realized that the cultural richness of Anatolia has not been sufficiently introduced to the world. We have heard that some of the magazine's readers are curious or suspicious about the places we write about in the publication. Some of them do not believe that they exist in
= 'Anxieties about Turkish geography lessened'
According to Nagis, some of the land within the borders of modern
The editor-in-chief also pointed out some inconsistencies between the number of cultural heritage sites in
In tackling these and other similar issues within
= 'We are not allowed to write and speak in different languages'
In order to achieve this aim, the team behind the publication tries to follow the
The most recent issue of AktÜel Arkeoloji turns the spotlight on mosaics and features articles about the lives of ancient people, with images of preservation projects on archaeological excavation sites. The issue also introduces a campaign that calls for the return of 22 mosaic fragments to
The English edition of the magazine will also feature articles on mosaics, but the next issue of AktÜel Arkeoloji, scheduled for publication this summer, will be about Istanbul's archaeological treasures. The issue on Istanbul aims to introduce people to lesser-known parts of the city by highlighting that the city's history is not confined to
= 'The magazine does not have advertisements'
Nagis underlined that one of the magazine's biggest obstacles is financing. AktÜel Arkeoloji's only sponsor is
"We have problems receiving [funding from] advertisements. Most people think we serve a specific sector related to the appreciation of archaeology. Thus, it is tough for us to survive as an independent magazine." However, the magazine's readership varies widely -- medical students, fashion designers, the elderly and the youth -- as the publication does not just provide a scientific approach to archaeology.
In evaluating the magazine's development from the time it was first launched to today, Nagis says what started as an amateur passion has turned into a professional business. The magazine's team and professionals from other sectors organize photography contests and provide education about archaeology under the roof of an institution called Akademi Arkeoloji. "We never expected that a drop of water could grow into a lake," Nagis shared. (Cihan/Today's Zaman)
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