Hasankeyf Artuqid Kiosk archaeometrical researches for the purpose
of conservation were realised within the 2010 Restoration and Conservation
Project. Archaeological materials from kiosk buildings and calcareous layer on the
stone surfaces as a decay product samples were firsly groupped and coded, then
documented by taking their photographs. Within the archaeometrical investigations
physical, chemical and petrographical analyses were applied. The archaeometrical
analyses showed that the rock types of the stone samples are mainly limestones
besides sandstones and basalts. They have properties varying according to their
petrographical characteristics, location difference and physical conditions. The origin
of the high salt content of the limestones have been caused by environmental impacts
that salts carried from the soil reservoir by humidity to body and surface of them.
The mortar and plaster samples were examined in terms of their aggregate/binder
composition that were quite similar. The coarse sand sized and rounded river bed
rock particles make up the aggregates in mortar and plaster that reflects the local rock
formation like stones.