Turkish archaeologist buried in ancient city she worked on for 15 years

Turkish archaeologist Dr. Vuslat Müller Karpe was buried in the ancient city of Samuha where she has led excavation work for the past 15 years. The 3,800-years-old settlement was a political hub in the Hittite civilization.

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Doç. Dr. Vuslat Müller Karpe

Turkish archaeology professor Dr. Vuslat Müller Karpe was buried in the ancient Hittite town of Samuha in Central Anatolian Sivas, after the Marburg Philipps University lecturer passed away away on August 7.

The 63-year-old archaeologist was the head of excavation works in the ancient city for the past 15 years, but passed away in Germany from a heart attack.

Karpe's husband and kids were present at her funeral, along with the Yıldızeli district governor and the provincial culture and tourism director.

The archaeologist's husband said that Karpe wanted to stay in the ancient city because her work there had been significant and her work was her most prized asset.

The archaeologist met her husband Prof. Andreas Müller Karpe in the ancient Hittite city of Hattusa.

Excavation works in Karpe's final resting place began in 2005 and the 3,800-year-old town yielded remains of royal seals, palaces and receipts of hostage sales.

A tablet recovered in 2014 gave the ancient settlement its correct name of Samuha, a political hub of the Hittite Dynasty.

Many of the artifacts recovered from Samuha are displayed in the nearby Sivas Etnoghraphy Museum.