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Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is located on the south side of Ankara Castle in the Atpazarı area in Ankara, Turkey. It consists of the old Ottoman Mahmut Paşa bazaar storage building, the Kurşunlu Han; because of Atatürk's desire to establish a Hittite museum, the buildings were bought upon the suggestion of Hamit Zübeyir Koşay, Culture Minister, to the National Education Minister, Saffet Arıkan. After the remodelling and repairs were completed, the building was opened to the public as the Ankara Archaeological Museum. Today, Kurşunlu Han, used as an administrative building, houses the work rooms, conference hall and workshop; the old bazaar building houses the exhibits. Within this Ottoman building, the museum has a number of exhibits of Anatolian archeology, they start with the Paleolithic era, continue chronologically through the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian trading colonies, Phrygian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. There is an extensive collection of artifacts from the excavations at Karain, Çatalhöyük, Hacılar, Beyce Sultan, Alacahöyük, Kültepe, Acemhöyük, Boğazköy, Pazarlı, Altıntepe and Patnos as well as examples of several periods.

The exhibits of gold, glass and bronze works date back as far as the second half of the first millennium BC. The coin collections, with examples ranging from the first minted money to modern times, represent the museum's rare cultural treasures. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations reaching the present time with its historical buildings and its rooted history was elected as the first "European Museum of the Year" in Switzerland on April 19, 1997; the first museum in Ankara was established by Mübarek Galip Bey, Directorate of Culture, in 1921, in the section of the Castle of Ankara called Akkale. In addition to this museum, artifacts from the Augustus Temple and the Byzantine Baths were collected. Upon recommendation of Atatürk and from the view of establishing an "Eti Museum" in the center, the Hittite artifacts from the region were sent to Ankara and therefore a larger museum was needed; the Director of Culture at that time, Hamit Zübeyir Koşay and Saffet Arıkan, Minister of Education recommended that the Mahmut Paşa Bazaar and the Inn be repaired and converted into a museum.

This recommendation was accepted and restoration continued from 1938 to 1968. Upon the completion of repairs of the bazaar, where the domed structure is, in 1940, a committee chaired by German Archaeologist H. G. Guterbock arranged the museum. In 1943, while the repairs of the building were still in progress, the middle section was opened for visitors. Repair projects of this part were carried out by Architect Macit Kural and repair work upon tender was performed by Architect Zühtü Bey. In 1948 the museum administration left Akkale as a storage house, the museum was in four rooms of Kurşunlu Han the repairs of which were completed. Restoration and exhibition projects of the part around the domed structure were prepared and applied by Architect İhsan Kıygı. Five shops were left in their original form, the walls between the shops were destroyed and thus a large location was provided for exhibition; the museum building reached its present structure in 1968. Kurşunlu Han, used as an administration building, has research rooms, a library, a conference hall, a laboratory and workshops, the Mahmut Pasha Vaulted Bazaar has been used as the exhibition hall.

The Anatolian Civilizations Museum is in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle, in the historical Atpazarı district of Ankara. One of the buildings is Mahmut Paşa Bedesteni and the other is Kurşunlu Han; the Mahmut Paşa Bedesteni was built by Mahmut Pasha, one of the ministers of Mehmed II the Conqueror during 1464-1471. The building does not have any inscriptions. In some sources, it is recorded; the design of the building is of the classical type. There are 10 domes covering a rectangle designed to enclose the location, there are 102 shops facing each other. According to historical records and registry books, the Kurşunlu Han was built as a foundation to finance Mehmet Pasha's alms giving in Üsküdar, Istanbul, it does not have any inscriptions either. During the repairs of 1946, coins of the Murat II period were discovered; the findings indicate. The Han has the typical design of Ottoman Period hans. There is a courtyard and an arcade in the middle and they are surrounded by two-storey rooms.

There are 28 rooms on 30 rooms on the first floor. The rooms have furnaces. There is a barn with an "L" type on the ground floor on south directions of the rooms. On the north side of the han there are 11 shops and 9 shops on east side and 4 shops facing each other within the garden; the inn was built by Mehmet Pasha and in 1467 Mehmet Pasha was promoted to Prime Minister. Upon orders by Mahmut Pasha the vaulted bazaar was built, he kept his position until 1470. He had his mosque, soup kitchen and madrasa in Üsküdar, his body is buried there; these two buildings constituting the museum today were abandoned after the fire in 1881. Palaeolithic Age: The Palaeolithic Age is represented in the museum by the finds uncovered in the Antalya Karain Cave. People of the Palaeolithic Age were hunter-gatherers who used bone tools; the stone tools are displayed under three time categories: Lower Paleolithic Age, Middle Paleolithic Age and Upper and Late Upper Paleolithic Age. Neolithic Age: During this age, the first villages appeared and agricultur

Red-breasted partridge

The red-breasted partridge known as the Bornean hill-partridge, is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is endemic to hill and montane forest in Borneo, preferring thickets; the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed it as a least-concern species. Richard Bowdler Sharpe described this species as Bambusicola hyperythra in 1879, from specimens collected in northwestern Borneo by William Hood Treacher, Acting Governor of Labuan at that time. In 1890, Sharpe described the population on Mount Kinabalu as Bambusicola erythrophrys, it was considered a subspecies, but it has been suggested that the brighter plumage on the face is due to age differences. The species is considered monotypic; the red-breasted partridge weighs about 270 g. The crown and nape are blackish, with brown spots. There is a grey or rufous supercilium, a blackish-brown band goes through the eye; the cheeks and throat are rufous. The breast is bright chestnut, sometimes browner, the belly is whitish; the flanks are white.

The upperparts are brown, with blackish bars. The eyes are grey, the beak is black, the legs are pink. There is red bare skin around the throat covered by sparse feathers; the female bird's plumage is a little duller than the male's. This partridge is endemic to north-central Borneo, including parts of Sabah, North Kalimantan and northern Central Kalimantan, it lives in primary and secondary forests at elevations of 600–1,800 m and prefers bamboos and thickets. The red-breasted partridge feeds in groups, foraging on forest roads and near rivers, its diet consists of seeds and insects. It roosts in bushes, its call is one bird giving rising chu notes and the other falling cuckoo notes. Its breeding is poorly known; the population is declining because of habitat loss due to logging, hunting being a possible local threat. The decline is not rapid, so the IUCN has assessed it as a least-concern species. Oriental Bird Images: Red-breasted Partridge

2020 Busch Clash

The 2020 Busch Clash was a NASCAR Cup Series race held on February 9, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 88 laps — extended from 75 laps due to an overtime finish, it was the first exhibition race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season; the race was won by Erik Jones, one of only six cars still running after a series of crashes late in the race. The track, Daytona International Speedway, is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway; the standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four–turn superspeedway, 2.5-mile The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees. The race is 75 laps in length, is divided into two segments; the race is open to those drivers who won a pole in the 2019 season or had won "The Clash" previously.

The 2020 Busch Clash will not be a predetermined number of cars. Only drivers who were 2019 Pole Award winners, former Clash race winners, former Daytona 500 champions, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full–time in 2019 and drivers who qualified for the 2019 Playoffs are eligible. Eighteen drivers were confirmed to be participating in this event. Although Daniel Hemric and Daniel Suárez were eligible to run the event, they chose not to run with Hemric moving back to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Suarez focusing in preparing for the 2020 Daytona 500. Erik Jones was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 45.055 seconds and a speed of 199.756 mph. The lineup was determined with Ryan Newman drawing the top spot. FS1 covered the race on the television side. A total of 2.46 million people watched the race. This rating was 15% higher than the 2019 Clash