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Mesut Alp

Mesut Alp

CLI Participant 2011

Mesut in an archaeologist and cultural activist working in Mardin, in the southeast of Turkey.

Born in 1980, Mesut studied Archeology at Ege University in Izmir. Since 2006, he has been workingas an archaeologist at theMardin Museum in Mardin (southeast Turkey).The museum opened in 1995 in the former headquarters of theSyrian Catholic Patriarchate, and it houses an extraordinary collection of pieces from the Old Bronze, Asyrrian, Urartu, Greek, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Grand Seljuk, Artuklu and Ottoman periods.

Mesut hasparticipated in various excavations across Turkey, in cities including Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Mardin, Siirt and Izmir. He's taken part in conferences and seminars about archeology, history and cultural heritage. He's the author of the book Welat Nîsêbînî, “Qoser” (2008) and the documentaryFrom Heart to Stone: Master Yusuf (2011).

Mesut is currently working on an oral history project that engages Mardin's elderly population. He was also the coordinator for the EU's Civil Society Dialogue Project II meeting in 2010, and one of the participants of the TANDEM: A Cultural Managers Exchange Programme that is being implemented byEuropean Cultural Foundation,MitOst ,Stiftung Mercator,Istanbul Bilgi UniversityandAnadolu Kültür.

He'spart ofthe Southeast Anatolian Project's Cultural Union Centre's coordination team since 2008.