Rescue dig reveals Assyrian town in eastern Turkey
The excavations have been ongoing since 2000 as part of a project to rescue and preserve cultural items from the area to be flooded by the Ilsu dam. According to officials, artifacts that have been collected and documented date as far back as the early, middle and late Bronze Ages, including the Assyrian period, early Iron Age, Iron Age and Islamic period. A street structure found among houses as well as developed architectural structures were also unearthed.
Particularly significant finds were made in 2012, and Diyarbakır Museum archaeologist Şeref Yumruk, a leader in the project, said excavation work was completed on Oct. 27 and they were now working on documenting the findings. “We unearthed seven periods in one excavation,” he said. Yumruk said that findings from Müslümantepe had architectural differences from those found in other areas, and shed important light on early Iron Age architecture.
|The archaeological rescue excavations in Müslümantepe have been ongoing since 2000 as part of a project to rescue and preserve cultural items from the area to be flooded by the Ilsu dam [Credit: muslumantepe.com]|
He added that they unearthed historic graves, 150 of which were from the Islamic period and one from the Greco-Roman period.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [January 03, 2013]