Tells or Tels are actually called hoyuks in Turkey, but I couldn’t resist the title for this post. Also, the word can be spelled with either one or two l’s. I like to write it with two.
The highlights of our trip from Adana to Konya today was the visit to the tells of Derbe and Lystra.
We were soon driving through the Anatolian Plain north of the Taurus Mountains. We drove through heavy agriculture areas where there were very few towns or even dwellings. The scenery was beautiful and we saw many different irrigation schemes.
When we got near Derbe we stopped to take some pictures in a village. We had seen some ovens that were used to bake bread. We were soon surrounded by some of the villagers and had a good time talking with them.
I had my picture taken with one of the village elders. This man was in his 80’s and his sister who was 85 was also one of the people who was talking with us through our guide. She invited the whole bus to her house, but we needed to get to the tell.
I just noticed, I have been getting a lot of sun in the last week and am getting a good face tan.
I will be watching for more news about the site.
As we walked up the hill of the tell and explored the area we were able to see many shards of pottery on the ground. We were able to pick up and examine the pieces, but needed to leave them at the site. It is against the law to take them out of the country.
I really liked this piece. You can see the beautiful coloring and the way that it seeps into the clay. Archaeologists are able to tell a lot from just a shard like this. When it was made, what it was used for, etc..
The picture here is posted for two reasons. One, it is to show that we visited the Karaman Museum. In the courtyard of the museum is a stone that has the name Derbe on it. The stone helped to identify that Kertihoyuk was Derbe.
The second reason is to show that many flags today are flying at half-staff. There was a major mining disaster in Western Turkey yesterday. More than 200 miners were killed and many more are missing. The death toll may go as high as 365.
Many interesting things happened at Lystra like Paul healing a lame man. Lystra was also the home of Timothy and his mother and grandmother, Lois and Eunice.
One thing that really struck me was one of the men on a donkey. He was the only one that was riding a donkey, and seemed to be the one in charge. He carried a whip and was swishing it through the air. I was really surprised as to how fast the donkey moved. The man was bouncing up and down on the donkey as he rode. Something that is best to experience in person 🙂
We finally made it to Konya or Iconium as the sun was setting. Konya is the home of Whirling Dervishes. The order of the Whirling Dervishes was founded in the 13th century. The order is part of the Sufism branch of Islam. At one time the Whirling Dervishes were banned in Turkey, but they are allowed to perform their ceremonies on a limited basis today.
Iconium is known for persecuting Paul and Barnabas. They then moved on to Lystra and Derbe. Lystra is quite close to Iconium, but Derbe is much further away.
We are in a nice hotel tonight, but only for this one night. Tomorrow we pack up again and head for Antalya.
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