Excavations to continue at Alacahöyük
|View of Alacahöyük [Credit: Kolay Tarim]|
Çınaroğlu said that this year’s digs in Alacahöyük, which is known as Turkey’s first national excavation area, would begin next month, adding that the works would focus on following up the pieces that were found last year and proved that the first settlement was seen in the area much earlier than thought.
In the light of data to be revealed during excavations, Çınaroğlu said they had previously estimated that housing dated back to 8,500 years ago in Alacahöyük, “But we had suspicions that it might date back to earlier times. Last year we began finding pieces from the Neolithic age, confirming our suspicions. We could not have found a Neolithic settlement but objects that will shed light on this settlement. Thus we saw that housing dated back to 1,500 years earlier than we have known so far. This year we will focus on these objects and try to find the traces of this settlement.”
|A sun disk found in tombs in Alacahöyük dates back to the early Bronze Age [Credit: WikiCommons]|
Hittite Sun Disk belongs to Hattis
The sun disk, known as the Hittite Sun Disk, was known by the wrong name, according to Çınaroğlu, who said, “This symbol actually belongs to the Hatti period, which existed 400-450 years earlier than the Hittites.” Çınaroğlu said that the reconstruction plan, prepared by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to protect Alacahöyük, was coming to an end, and visitors would be able to see the culture of Hittite and Hatti civilizations after the remaining works.
He said that the ancient settlement had been a very important center throughout the history, and that it had served as a mine in the old Bronze Age and as a religious center in the Hatti period. “At the time of the Hittites, the area was a cult center of civilization,” he said.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [June 11, 2013]