When Garstang arrived in Constantinople, (Istanbul), with a team to excavate the Hittite capital of Hattusas at Boğazköy, (Boğazkale, Turkey), he discovered that his excavation permit had been transferred to a German archaeologist called Hugo Winckler, so he decided to carry out an archaeological exploratory journey of the region instead. Throughout the summer Garstang’s team travelled between Angora, (Ankara, Turkey), to Aintab, (Gaziantep, Turkey), whilst visiting, documenting, and photographing as many sites as possible which can be found today in modern Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. During the survey the team also visited and photographed Winckler’s excavations at Boğazköy.
Garstang brought back over 600 glass plate and film negatives from the survey, largely taken by Horst Schliephack, the survey team’s photographer. The photographs, which include images of monuments, landmarks, the landscape, and the local population, are not only an archaeological record of the sites but also provide a snapshot of Asia Minor at the beginning of the 20th century.
A few of the images were initially published in John Garstang ‘Notes on a Journey Through Asia Minor’ Liverpool Annals of archaeology and anthropology, 1, (1908) pp1-12, which also includes a map of the survey team’s route and their itinerary. Many of the images were also published in Garstang’s The Land of the Hittites (London: Constable, 1910) and The Hittite Empire (London: Constable, 1929), but others have never been publically available before