8,000 year old cave paintings found in southern Turkey
Archaeologists announced the discovery of 10 cave paintings in the southern city of Mersin (Greek Myrsini) on Friday and said they dated back about 8,000 years ago.
The discovery sheds light on the prehistoric period of the region formerly known as Cilicia. Professor Murat Durukan of Mersin University and Associate Professor Serdar Girginer of Çukurova University, two archeologists that worked in the excavation, told reporters the primitive cave paintings were the continuation of findings of similar rock art on the ancient Latmos Mountains in western Turkey, and showed that the parietal art was confined to Latmos or other places in western and southwestern Turkey.
Archaeologists say they believe the cave was some kind of shrine from a prehistoric society as most cave paintings found in Anatolia were discovered in places used as "cult centers." Durukan and Girginer said the painting showed dancing figures that probably depict rituals marking the onset of spring, the start of harvest season or rites of passage in line with the belief system of prehistoric people.
Source: Daily Sabah [September 23, 2016]