türkçe links to related Turkish article
(HaberTürk Newspaper, 7 September 2015)
Dig she must.
Prof. Marcella Frangipane, head of the Arslantepe Höyüğü
(mound) excavation team and an archeologist from Italy's
Sapienza University, has stated that church and state affairs were
administered separately at Arslantepe, where people lived from
5,000 B.C. to the 11th century A.D.
ISIS, too close for comfort, won't like this secular stuff one bit.
Frangipane noted that at the excavation site a temple from
between 3,600-3,500 B.C. and a palace from 3,300-3,000 B.C.
have been found. According to Frangipane, "there is a palace
and a temple. There is a platform in this building and a
courtyard where the people talked with the king, not with
someone like an imam. For this reason we say 'the secular
system started here.'
"Previously, the power was in the temple and only there.
After this time, though, a separate system began. In other
words, the temple and the king were separate. Religion
separate, state separate. They went along together but the
control was separate. The secular system began here for
the first time."
Malatya province, a stone's throw from ISIS-istan.