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More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey


Dozens of graves and the remains of houses were found during excavations in the 7,000-year-old ancient mound of Arslantepe, a governorate in eastern Turkey said Saturday.


More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey
Credit: AA



The Governor of Malatya province Aydin Barus visited the mound and received information about the studies in the region from the head of the excavations, Francesca Balossi Restelli, local director of culture and tourism, Cetin Sisman, and the former head of excavation work, professor Marcella Frangipane, the provincial governorate said in a statement. Teams continue to work to complete the roof project in the excavation area as soon as possible, said Barus.


More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey

More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey
Credit: DHA

Twenty-four graves and the remains of six houses, which are estimated to be from before 3600-3700 BC, were discovered during excavations which started Aug. 10 in the mound, said Restelli. He said that during studies, the team discovered findings from the historical process from the Late Chalcolithic age to the Late Hittite Period. It is estimated that the artifacts were built much earlier than the Arslantepe Palace and there are indications that the region was populated by the ruling class, he added.


More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey

More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey
Credit: DHA



The settlement mound was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 26. The decision to add the Arslantepe Mound was made during the Extended 44th UNESCO World Heritage Committee online session in Fuzhou, China.


More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey

More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey
Credit: IHA

Arslantepe, meaning Lion Hill, has been on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2014. The mound brings to 19 the number of Turkish sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey

More than 20 burials, house remains found in 7,000-year-old mound in Turkey
Credit: IHA

The archaeological site of Arslantepe is located on the Malatya plain, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the city center and 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Euphrates River, according to UNESCO’s website.




“It is a four-hectare and 30-meter-high archaeological mound dominating the plain and formed by the superimposition of settlements for millennia, from at least the 6th millennium BCE to the late Roman period,” said UNESCO.


Author: Zehra Nur Duz | Source: Anadolu Agency [September 05, 2021]



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