“Why did mankind grind wheat?”, “Why and how did mankind settle down?”, “Seeds of wheat, barley etc. followed which routes on the way to Europe from Anatolia?”, “Had those who built Göbeklitepe 10 thousand years ago switched to the settled lifestyle?”… The 3-episode “Seed” documentary prepared by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey brings light to all questions regarding the incredible journey of the first seed from Anatolia to Europe. The documentary will meet its audience at the gala Tuesday evening on October 16th, at the Venice Palace in İstanbul.
In the scope of the events organized to mark 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey visualized the journey of the first seed planted by mankind. The 3-episode documentary is about the journey from Anatolia to Europe of wheat and other seeds domesticated and grown first in Anatolia, with narrations from archaeologists and supportive studies of European and Turkish scientists. The documentary explains the historic journey of wheat and barley seeds, which are accepted as the founders of civilization, on the basis of archaeological, archeo-botanical and ethnobotanical data.
For the production of the documentary, which also aims at celebrating the long-lasting cooperation between EU countries and Turkey in the field of archaeology and promoting the shared cultural heritage, video shoots were done at more than 20 excavation sites and museums across Anatolia. European and Turkish scientists were interviewed. Moreover, excavation sites and museums in Greece, Bulgaria and Italy --the first stops of the seeds in Europe-- were also visited and scientists were interviewed.
The Delegation of the European Union to Turkey sought answers to prominent questions regarding the history of seed at important excavation sites of Anatolia like Körtiktepe, Çayönü, Yumuktepe, and Göbeklitepe and of Bulgaria like Karanova, Stara Zagora, and Junatsite; at Greece’s Argissa, Soufli Magoula and Sesklo Neolithic settlement areas; and at Italy’s Serra Cicora, Torre Sabea, Candela and Passo Di Corvo excavation sites.
The documentary shows that with new disciplines like archeo-botany and archeo-zoology that developed thanks to new technologies employed in archaeology, history is being re-written, and with the last findings, certain information accepted to be true so far have now changed.
The 3-episode documentary has been prepared with Prof. Dr Mehmet Özdoğan, Burhan Ulaş, PhD, and Nezih Başgelen at the advisor seat; Ümit Sezgin and Vincent Bouvard as coordinators, and has been produced and directed by Sevinç Baloğlu.
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