3D Photogrammetric model of Eflatunpinar monument at the age of Hittite empire in Anatolia

Karauguz G., Corumluoglu O., KALAYCI İ., Asri I.

JOURNAL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, vol.10, no.2, pp.269-274, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.culher.2008.08.013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.269-274
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Eflatunpinar monument is located about 25 km at the North of Beysehir (Konya-Turkey). The monument which belongs to Hittite Empire Age was known since XIX century and there are several papers written on this monument in the literature. The monument which is 7.02 m wide and 3.6 m high was built of large tracit block stones. Latest excavation carried out by Konya's Archeology Museum in 1996 showed that the monument was built with some other parts and surrounded by a water channel. These results have pushed the scientist into a discussion - as it has usually been done intensively several times in the past-on environmental arrangements surrounding the monument. Hittite scripts brought to light implicate that monument surrounded by trees and prohibited someone to cut these trees off by law. Archaeological studies done on Eflatunpinar monument were carried out by classical techniques. Therefore, those studies were limited by capabilities of classical techniques and were not able to present more than plan and some cross-sections. By this study, it is made a modern approach which is alternative to classical technique and using a digital and virtual environment provided by computer technology. As a result of this Study, all measurements can easily be collected by the help of this 3D virtual model of the monument with no need to be on the site at any time they are required. Complete 3D model will also provide a numerical evaluation, interpretation and several analyses on monument together with its environment and Surroundings. This 3D virtual model approach will bring a novelty into Hittite archeology. (C) 2009 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.