Artifacts in Anatolia, the cradle of civilizations, shed light on history with the ancient information they contain.

One of those artifacts is the Snake Silver Plate.

It took 8 years to restore

It was found in the Alacahöyük excavation area in 1939. The first intervention was carried out in excavation laboratories.

It has been the subject of many studies over the years, but the work has been brought to the stage to be exhibited with the efforts of the Ankara Restoration and Conservation Regional Laboratory employees of 8 years of work.

Ankara Regional Restoration and Conservation Laboratory Cengiz Özduygulu said, “While the work is a work that can easily be lost due to its discovery, its lifespan has been increased and it can be passed on to future generations.”

Artifacts dating from 2 thousand to 2 thousand 500 BC were found in the tombs of the rulers.

“It was too sensitive a piece to let you touch it”

Restorer Emine Koçak stated that the Silver Plate with the Snake is a very sensitive work and said:

“Due to the sensitivity of the silver, a very delicate piece of art came in a condition that you couldn’t even try to locate the fragile parts that would not allow you to touch it. We tried different methods. This piece was scanned in three dimensions. It continued with examination under the x-ray microscope and temporary completion of parts with reinforcement, stabilization and stabilization at each stage.”

The Snake Silver Container, which contains information about daily life and religious rituals of its period, was in a very worn condition when it was unearthed.

Koçak said that the lining of each piece was strengthened both from the inside and from the sides, and that they took advantage of all the opportunities provided by technology to collect the container.

The historical silver vessel will be on display at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum as of May 18.

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