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3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa


A 3,500-year-old skull and femur was found during an archaeological excavation in Turkey's Black Sea province of Çorum.

3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa
Credit: AA


The ancient skull and femur were unearthed in Sapinuwa district, which was once a remarkable city of the Hittite Empire.

3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa
Credit: AA
“We found a human skull and left femur (thigh) bone that belongs to the Hittite era. This is a very important finding [..],” Aygül Süel, who conducts researches on behalf of the Hittite University, told reporters, adding that they are excavating in two different regions, including Tepelerarasi and Ağılönü.

3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa
Credit: AA


The researcher highlighted that the discovery is important as no royal tombs belonging to the empire have been found until recently.

3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa
Credit: AA
“There has not been any Hittite king's tomb or Hittite human skeleton found so far. This skull and the left femur will provide us with great information,” Süel said.

3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa
Credit: AA
Suel added that an ancient DNA study and carbon-14 test will reveal the exact dates of the skull and femur, as well as the genetic make-up and racial kinships.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [November 30, 2019]

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