Bittel, Kurt, 1907-1991 (archaeologist)
Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:
Letter from James Stewart in Ankara re securing dig permits, assessing Hittite finds and visiting Hittite sites, 13 to 15 January 1936
Addressed 'Ankara', dated 13 January 1936. Stewart writes of the difficulties of securing dig permits and the cordial welcome of Hamid Zubain Bey, who showed him finds from Hüyük which are described as 'sensational' and of which he makes some small pen sketches. He describes the pottery and his and Bittel's opinions upon it. Hamid Zubain also took Stewart to the site of AhlatLibel.
Letter from James Stewart in Balikesir re their progress on the excavation of a cemetery at Yortan and on W. Lamb's dig at Kusura, Sandıklı, Afyon, 24 to 26 May 1936
Dated pp. 1-4 'May 24', pp. 5-8 'May 25', pp. 8-12 'May 26', 1936. Written mostly in Balikesir but by P. 5, Stewart is in Kusura with Lamb's excavation, sometime after the 29th May.
Stewart gives an extremely detailed account of one week excavating graves at Yortan, in the valley of the river Bakırçay (Kaikos/Κάϊκος), north western Turkey.
He then gives a brief summary of progress so far at Kusura (Afyon).
Letter from James Stewart in Istanbul re antiquities purchases and Western Anatolian Bronze Age chronology., 1936-01-11
Addressed 'Stambul', dated 11 January 1936. Stewart has called upon Halif Bey and Taksim Öz. He went with Bittel to the bazaars and they both bought some antiquities - he discusses some of his own cermic purchases in detail. He discusses Western Anatolian Bronze Age chronology. He encloses a draft report (for the Wilkins Board?) and asks AJBW to comment on it and to bring the appropriate people's attention to it.
Letter from James Stewart in Istanbul re networking with curators and archaeologists and the displays of the National Museum of Istanbul, 1936-01-04
Addressed 'Vagan Li-Kook, Galata, Stamboul', dated 4 January 1936. Stewart has called upon 'Aziz Bey' (Bey Aziz Ogan, Director General of the National Museum of Istanbul) who will provide an introduction to Hamid Karsay Bey. He has also visited Professor Gabrielle (sic) of the French Institute who introduced him to Pierre Devambez. Stewart describes the displays in the National Museum. The Stewarts dined with the Bittels and discussed the finds at the cemetery of Balikesir.
Letter from James Stewart in Istanbul re personal contacts and Near Eastern prehistoric chronology, 1936-01-20
Letter from James Stewart in Istanbul re photographing pottery and considering ancient Anatolia-Cyprus connections, 1936-01-29
Addressed "Stambul', dated 29 January 1936. Stewart is still awaiting a permit from Ankara and discusses the progress - or not - of new antiquities laws. Meanwhile, he is photographing pottery in the Natonal Museum. He believes Vounos (Cyprus) will be a key site for comparison with Anatolian finds. He mentions the death of King George V.
Letter from James Stewart in Istanbul re plans for trial excavation and an Asia Minor itinerary, 1936-01-02
Addresed 'Wagon-lits, Galata, Istanbul', dated 2 January 1936. He has met with Dr Schecle and Karl Bittel. There are rising political tensions between Italy and Turkey. Gaining an excavation permit is fraught with dificulties. Stewart would like to drop a test trench to 'hunt' for Jortan (Yortan) or another site 'at or near Balikesir.' He sketches a possible itinerary for the next months, including visiting W. Lamb at Afyon. He has visited Haghia Sofia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Letter from James Stewart in Istanbul re the Balikesir permit and his thoughts on a British School in Istanbul, 1936-02-03
Dated 3 February 1936. Hamid Kersay (Karsai) has granted him a permit for Balikesir. The Yortan pottery in the National Museum will be photographed. He discusses a proposal made by Professor Baxter to found a British School in Istanbul and Stewart gives all his reasons why he thinks this would be a bad idea. He went to visit the (Greek Orthodox) Patriarch.
Letter from James Stewart in Jerusalem re his transit stop en route to Athens and Istanbul, 1935-11-05
Letter from James Stewart re a bust up with Bittel and the business of ancient pottery fakes in the Istanbul bazaar, 1936-05-11
Letter from James Stewart re a Syro-Hittite gold figurine and vexing problems of chronology in the Aegean Bronze Age, 1936-05-15
Dated 21 May 1936. Probably written in Istanbul. Stewart has some Australian funding for his Cyprus excavation next year. He seeks AJBW's ideas on how best to proceed with planning such an excavation. 'Miss Webb', whom AJBW knows, seeks their help to work in Asia Minor, having been in Greece.