Excavations resume at Seyitomer Tumulus

Summer excavations have started at Kutahya's Seyitomer Tumulus, which is home to a wide range of artifacts of great historical importance, to unearth more archeological finds dating back thousands of years. 

Over 1,000 historic artifacts were found during excavations carried out by the department of archaeology of Dumlup?nar University at Seyitomer Tumulus in Kutahya province in 2011 [Credit:: AA]
An opening ceremony was recently held for the excavations, where the chair of the archaeology department of Dumlup?nar University, Nejat Bilgen, said archeologists have been conducting excavations at Seyitomer since 2006. This year the excavations are being carried out by an archaeological team of 10 lecturers, 62 archaeology students and 238 workers, Bilgen noted. 

“Over the past six years since the excavations first began in the area, archaeologists have managed to dig 13 meters down the tumulus, which dates back 5,000 years, and have discovered five cultural layers. The excavations have also revealed remnants from the Hellenistic and Achaemenid eras,” Bilgen stated. 

Some 4,000-year-old lentil seeds were found during excavations of the tumulus in 2008. Further ruins determined the site was a trade center between Mesopotamia and Athens. 

“Some of the remnants and ruins revealed during the digs over the past six years are being exhibited in the Kutahya Archaeological Museum,” Bilgen said. 

Meanwhile, archaeological excavations have also started in Ayd?n's ancient site of Alabanda, which is a major asset to the region's tourism sector. 

Alabanda, whose history dates back to the third century B.C., is located near the Cine Stream -- which has been the subject of many legends. 

Suat Ateslier, a lecturer in the archaeology department of Adnan Menderes University who is supervising the dig, said in a statement to the Anatolia news agency that there will be an opening ceremony this month for the excavations, which are expected to last for four-and-a-half months. 

“We will conduct a geophysical survey in the area together with an archaeological team coming from abroad in order to determine our roadmap for the excavations. We also have plans to conduct excavations to reveal the ancient site's main agora [marketplace and civic center],” Ateslier stated. 

Source: Today's Zaman [July 13, 2012]

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