I joined a post-conference field trip with students and faculty of Osmangazi University to historic sites around Eskişehir.
Battal Gazi monument commemorating an 8th century military leader named Abdullah al-Battal
A view overlooking the city of Seyitgazi.
I made my first Camelina collections during the congress field trip, this one looks like Camelina rumelica to me, but I also collected a Camelina microcarpa. This is turning out to be a great start to my field work!
The second stop on the trip was to Midas city in Yazılıkaya. This is an amazing complex of ancient tunnels, carved rock, and the foundations of roads and houses. These Phrygian ruins date back to at least the 7th century BCE and they are well preserved. Ancient tunnel systems remain in good condition and it is believed that a large underground city may exist under the site.
A silly prank involving bedstraw that I learned from the greatest of them all. Thanks Mark!
Some Turkish dancing on the bus ride back to Eskişehir, the whole bus was entertained to say the least.