Tilmen Höyük, 10 km east of the District of Islahiye in the City of Gaziantep, 2 km. from the Village of Yelliburun, located in a very rugged plain covered with volcanic basalt veins and mounds, was a significant centre of kingdom in the 2nd millennium BC. During the excavations carried out there, the stratification that started in the Late Chalcolithic Age and that covers a wide period of time was discovered. The Middle Bronze Age settlements at Tilmen Höyük consist of 5 separate structure layers as III b, a, and II c-a. The structure layers which represent the most spectacular period of Tilmen and almost all of the architectural remains on the soil today are II c and II b. There are many groups of buildings dating from Middle Bronze Age at Tilmen Höyük. Among them can be counted buildings of defence, the gates of the town, and monumental buildings. An archaeological park project was realised at Tilmen Höyük following the works for the protection and restoration of these architectural remains. Archaeological park works are the result of an interdisciplinary study developed with a social, economic, technical, and environmental perspective, with an emphasis on ecological adaptation and sustainability and with international cooperation. The presentation of the many-layered mound settlements to the public harbours various difficulties. The site at Tilmen Höyük has been transformed into an archaeological site comprehensible by the visitors with the placement of information boards and an excursion route passed near the ruins, acting on the principle of minimum intervention.
Tilmen Höyük, Middle Bronze Age, Architecture, Presentation, Protection.