6 Kasım 2013 Çarşamba

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

catalhoyuk links to original article

(Sabah Newspaper, 5 November 2013)

//ed. note: another in our occasional forays into the world of
Anatolian history. Herewith two items about the ancient Hittites.//

Warning! She's ready to blow!

The world's oldest warning sign has been found at Catalhoyuk.
Based on research, the sign has been dated to 9,000 years ago
and it depicts a volcano spewing lava alongside a nearby settlement.
Scientists think that the sign was intended to alert settlers to a
possible eruption. The sign was drawn on a wall about 100 kilometers
from Hasan Volcano, which is located on the current border of Aksaray
and Nigde provinces.


kultepe links to original article

(Sabah Newspaper, 5 November 2013)

Dig We Must!

Excavations at Kultepe Hoyugu (mound) in Kayseri have uncovered
a very large monument building, dating from 4,500 years ago. Prof. Dr.
Fikri Kulakoglu, the dig chief and a member of the faculty at the
Archeology Department of Ankara University,  announced the discovery.
The excavation has been ongoing at Kanis-Kultepe since 2010.

Kulakoglu explained that they have so far exposed a 75 x 60 meter portion
of the building and he added that "this building is the biggest found in
Anatolia and the Middle East so far. Right now we're only in a corner of
it. When we see all of the building it will be extraordinarily large. This
wasn't a house or a residence. More likely, it was an administrative structure.
We think the king of  Kanis lived here or it was where his administration was

Kulakoglu went on to say that "we've found about 1,000 seal prints associated
with the building. We think that these seals came from the region of northern
Syria that today we call Tell Beydar and they reveal to us an international
system of trade from those days. This trade was centered in large measure in
Kultepe and it reflects the systematic trading between northern Syria and
Anatolia, 500 years before the Assyrian traders came. In the years ahead
we think that continued excavations here will show us the nature of the
building and the trading system."

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