30 Peasant women working at YK Energy bring 5 thousand years of history to the surface

30 Peasant women working at YK Energy bring 5 thousand years of history to the surface

A large number of historical artifacts dating back thousands of years are being unearthed in the excavations carried out for many years within the structure of YK ENERGY. The hidden heroes of the archaeological excavations carried out before the extraction of coal in the mine fields are the peasant women from Milas ... 30 peasant women shed light on the history of Milas with picks, shovels and brushes in their hands…

The excavations are being carried out with the consultancy of Muğla Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Milas Museum Directorate and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Department of Archaeology. In the studies that have opened a new employment area for the local people, the cultural assets are being moved to the Milas Ören Archeopark Area in accordance with the original form after scientific documentation and restoration activities.

Hasan Emre Günday archaeologist, excavated underlining why cultural assets would be protected “under the leadership of the Ministry of culture and tourism, conducted archaeological excavations uncovered so far tbsp energy in the mining area from the early Bronze Age, late geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic, early Roman, Eastern, and 75 different types of tombs belonging to the Roman period, four olive oil as the base housing by archaeologists in the excavation area they were found and two press Milas Oren Arkeopark open-air museum installations were made.

A woman's hand touched the excavation work

While excavation works provide employment opportunities for the people of the region, women living in the surrounding villages are preferred in excavation works. Among the reasons why women are preferred are the methods of Decisively and delicately doing business. Currently, 32 women working in excavation works are employed at YK Energy.
Ongoing archaeological excavation boundaries at work as workers involved in ikizkoy Feeling Dies out of the house to work continuously for 12 months stated that they had difficulty excavations found says they have the tools they used to use in everyday life.

Ölmez is happy that history is coming to the face of the day with his own hands, “Imagine that digging is worth an object, you don't know what it is at the beginning. The history revealed by the researches of archaeologists now has the imprint of our hand, and every day we witness the aspects that we have in common with the people who lived in these lands thousands of years ago and that have changed over time. If we were sitting at home, if we did not have the opportunity to work and work, we would not have access to all this information, nor would we have the opportunity to read and feed our children,” he said in sentences.

Sibel Çatak, who lives in Çakıralan village, joined the team in Ikizköy after taking part in the excavations carried out in Belentepe and Hüsamlar before. Çatak explains how he started this job and his feelings as follows: “Since 2015, I have been bringing the past to the surface with my pickaxes, shovels and brushes, while meeting the needs of my children, who are my own future, in this way. I teach two children, and there are no other employees at home but me. With my earnings from here, I had the chance to live in my own home for the first time in the last two years of my 23-year marriage. When my kids come home, they say, “What did you do today, Mom?" while asking, he curiously wants to know if we have found a skeleton, a piece of jewelry, a trace of a past life. One thing we didn't know before is that when we are stuck on the end of the pickaxe, we first make eye contact with our friends. Then we all get excited, “I wonder what we are meeting with the face of the day this time?” we are proud of him. Especially in Belentepe, we had reached traces of daily life with many jewelry and kitchen utensils. Here we see traces of predominantly sedentary life. According to archaeologists, it dates back 5,000 years before today. what a woman collected her hair with 5000 years ago, how she worked in the kitchen, with what tools, we are discovering them. Our archaeologists also tell us in detail about the historical artifacts found. For example, we learned how they produce olive oil, because we found various workshops. With the possibilities of that time, we could not even imagine the works made of stone from where we were sitting in our houses. Perhaps it comes to mind that they use the stone as a crushing tool, but it is difficult for us to imagine that a stone grave bed is carved and processed in a way that is exactly similar to the feet of a lion.”

Milas Ören Archeopark Area, where monumental tombs, architectural structures and unique examples reflecting the archaeological heritage of the region are located, is preparing to take a journey to 7 different periods of history and a time period of 4 thousand 500 years with the artifacts it contains. When the transportation operations are completed, there will be a welcome center, security units and an olive oil workshop animation area in the Archeopark Area, which will be organized in the form of an ethnographic house.