On Monday 6th November Classics Society welcomed Dr Yağmur Heffron, an archaeologist and lecturer in the history of the ancient Middle East at UCL, who gave a fascinating talk entitled 'Höyük-hopping - Archaeology in and around Turkey'. A höyük is a Turkish word referring to an archaeological man-made mound commonly found in the Middle East, and Dr Heffron talked to us about her personal experiences of researching and excavating höyüks in Turkey and her work on dirt archaeology. As well as discussing the history of höyüks and the höyüks that she has worked on, she also talked about the process of archaeology as a whole and what it's really like to go on an archaeological dig. She finished her talk by commenting on the important and emerging role of women in archaeology, both today and in the past, and by answering some of our questions. It was an extremely interesting talk as most of us knew very little about the ancient Middle East, and it was also very useful for those who are interested in pursuing archaeology further. We would like to thank Dr Heffron for giving the talk, and the Year 13 students and classics teachers for organising it.
Ella Millwood, Year 10