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5,000 year old fortress discovered in central Cappadocia

Archaeologists uncovered an approximately 5,000-year-old settlement and fortress in central Turkey's Nevşehir province, home to the unique geological and historical region known as Cappadocia.

5,000 year old fortress discovered in central Cappadocia
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The site, which dates to the Early Bronze Age, was discovered during research on a hill 20 kilometers from the center of Çakıltepe city, conducted by a team of archaeologists from Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University (NEVU) and the Nevşehir Museum Directorate.

Yalçın Kamış, NEVU archaeology professor and Çakıltepe field work assistant, told Anadolu Agency that researchers believe the settlement, which includes a defense fortress, dates as far back as 3,000 BC. and continued to be inhabited through the Byzantine era.

5,000 year old fortress discovered in central Cappadocia
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"The site contains a multilayered mound with remains of different periods, the oldest dating from the third to the second millennium BC. It is understood that there are Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine settlements in the area," explained Kamış.

Kamış said the fortress structure and walls formed for defense purposes in the middle of the site have been traced back to the earliest period of the Bronze Ages.

A preliminary research team of six experts is currently mapping the area and completing technical aspects of the project in preparation to begin extensive drilling and excavation work, added Kamış.

Source: Daily Sabah [November 10, 2017]

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