2017’s 10 most remarkable archaeological discoveries in Turkey

Many important archaeological discoveries were made in 2017 in Turkey. Here are the most remarkable ones…

1- SKULL CULT – GOBEKLI TEPE

During the excavations at the 11.000-years-old Gobekli Tepe, thousands of human beings were found in pieces. Among these are deliberately made traces of holes or skull fragments, which are stingy.

2- TABLETS SHOWING THE LOCATIONS OF UNKNOWN ANCIENT CITIES – KAYSERI

Thanks to the 12,000 tablets of the Bronze Age found in the excavations near Kayseri province, the locations of the ancient cities founded in Anatolia thousands of years ago were learned.

3- 3500 YEARS OLD CEMETERY – ISTANBUL CITY CENTER

A cemetery of about 3,500 years old was unearthed during the metro line excavations in Istanbul’s Besiktas district. Yet 35 burials found.

4- URARTU CASTLE – INSIDE VAN LAKE

It is estimated that the castle is about 3,000 years old. Cut stones are used for building the walls and a stone with a lion figure also found, strengthening the possibility that the castle was made by the Urartians. Due to the fact that Van Lake has a sparse water, the building reached the present day without deteriorating for thousands of years.

5-PROPERTIES OF ROMAN EMPIRE FAMILIES – BURDUR

In the Kibyratis region of Burdur, 1,900-year-old rural properties belonging to the imperial members of the ancient Rome and elite families were discovered.

6-THE OLDEST KNOWN “INFERTILITY” DIAGNOSIS – KAYSERI

Examination of a 4.000-year-old marriage contract in Kayseri and Assyrians revealed that the first medical infertility diagnosis in history was made in Anatolia.

7-TABLET DESCRIBING THE NAVAL TRIBES – AFYON

Archaeologists succeeded in deciphering the hieroglyphic texts found in 1878 and scraped into stone 3200 years ago. The inscription tells about the tribes of the Trojan.

8 – GIANT FEMALE SCULPTURE – HATAY

In the Tell Tayinat mound located northeast of Hatay province, a magnificent female statue that could change the understanding of the role of the woman in the ancient world was found. Although the face and chest parts of the statue seem to have been intentionally (possibly ritually) destroyed, the remains have reached a daily extent without deteriorating to a great extent. The statue was found in a monumental gate complex providing access to Kunulua, the capital city of the Late Hittite Patina Kingdom (1000-738 BC).

9- GEOMETRIC MOSAIC GYMNASIUM – KONYA

A magnificent Gymnasium with geometric mosaic of Roman period was unearthed on a construction site in the Ladik district of Konya. “Made for Ergenus, son of Deukumanos” was written on the medallion in the middle of the mosaic floor.

10-REMNANTS OF RUSSIAN LIEUTENANT COLONEL RJEPETSKI – ARDAHAN

In Ardahan, a well preserved remnant belonging to a Russian military officer thought to have participated in the Ottoman-Russian war of 1877-1878 was found. It cracked up be belonging to Colonel Rjepetski then.

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