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Keyword: anatolia

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  • 4th-century tombs unearthed near Turkey's Black Sea coast

    01/05/2022 1:58:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Anadolu Agency ^ | December 24, 2021 | Hayati Akcay, writing by Dilan Pamuk
    Historical artifacts were discovered in eight tombs dating back to the fourth century in present-day northern Turkey, officials announced on Friday.The tombs were uncovered during roadway expansion efforts in the Kurtulus district of Ordu, a province on Turkey's Black Sea coast, with teams from the local museums directorate launching excavations for the artifacts' urgent recovery.Officials added that many human and animal remains, including skeletons, were found in the tombs, along with pieces of jewelry made of gold, sardine stone, silver, glass, and bronze.Pieces of a glass bottle and beads were also found in one of the tombs, they said.The findings...
  • Ancient flute reveals interest in music

    12/12/2021 3:20:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | December 04, 2021 | DİYARBAKIR
    A 1,600-year-old flute and bronze ring with a key have been unearthed during excavations in the 3,000-year-old Zerzevan Castle, located in the Çınar district of Diyarbakır and which served as the last garrison of the Roman Empire in the east... The historical castle, which is home to the Mithras Temple, is located on an area of 60,000 square meters. The historical castle has 12-15-meter-high and 1200-meter-long wall ruins, 21-meter-high watchtower and defense tower, church, administration building, residences, grain and weapon warehouses, underground sanctuary, shelters, rock tombs, water channels and 54 water cisterns. Its 1,800-year-old entrance has been unearthed, too... Stating...
  • Archaeologists find theater toilet in western Turkey’s Smyrna [also found, long line of skeletons waiting since the beginning of intermission]

    11/07/2021 8:43:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    Daily Sabah, sabooo, sabaaa ^ | November 4, 2021 | Anadolu Agency
    Ongoing excavations have revealed a historical latrina – a toilet or an even simpler facility used as a toilet within a sanitation system – at a historical theater in the ancient city of Smyrna, located within the borders of the western city of Izmir. The latrina is thought to have been used by the artists in the theater. The theater and the commode date back to around the second century B.C. and were used until the fifth century A.D., said Akın Ersoy, an archaeologist at Izmir's Katip Çelebi University and head of the excavation team.Touting "unexpected finds" during the excavations,...
  • Traces Of Tsunami In Ancient City Of Patara (Turkey)

    12/29/2005 11:58:05 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,840+ views
    Traces of tsunami in ancient city of Patara Tuesday, December 27, 2005 ANKARA - Turkish Daily News Archaeologists claim that an ancient lighthouse located in the ancient city of Patara on Antalya's Mediterranean coast might have been destroyed by a tsunami that hit the region in ancient times. The ruins of the lighthouse were discovered two years ago during excavations that are still under way in Patara. Professor Havva Ýþkan Iþýk, head of Akdeniz University's archaeology department, which is conducting studies in the ancient city, said they believed the lighthouse was destroyed by a tsunami since a human skeleton was...
  • Without Jihad, the Nation of Turkey Wouldn't Exist

    08/26/2021 3:51:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American ^ | August 26, 2021 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The two forces eventually met near the city of Manzikert, just north of Lake Van. Sultan Muhammad bin Dawud sent a delegation to parley with Romanus on "the pretext of peace," though in reality, he was "stalling for time," explained Michael Attaleiates, who was present. This only "roused the emperor to war." Romanus spurned the emissaries, forced them to prostrate themselves before him, and commanded them to tell their sultan that "there will be no treaty ... and no going home except after I have done in the lands of Islam the like of what has been done in the...
  • Ancient ashes reveal details of huge volcano

    06/04/2018 9:55:30 AM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    Archaeologists have discovered ashes from one of the biggest ever volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Excavations in Turkey’s ancient city of Smyrna, now located in Izmir, have revealed details from a Minoan eruption that took place some 3,600 years ago. Smyrna was established about 5,000 years ago by the Greek tribe of Aeolians and later inhabited by Ionians. It was mostly abandoned after it was captured by the Anatolian kingdom of Lydia in the 6th century B.C. Archaeologists say the ashes will tell them a lot about the history. “Now that we have identified those ashes with a more extensive...
  • Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts

    01/16/2021 7:44:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | 16 January 2021 | By Mindy Weisberger
    For example, a 17th-century Persian textile contains fibers of silk thread that were individually wrapped with thin strips of metal. And the microstructure of a needle from Cyprus retains the touch of the person who shaped it, in traces of dark corrosion that emerged as the needle was rotated and hammered. In another striking image, a bit of basalt glitters in a ceramic roof tile from Gordion, a site in Turkey that was inhabited from at least 2300 B.C., during the early Bronze Age (the tile dates to the first half of the sixth century B.C.). Basalt, a volcanic rock,...
  • Turkey: How the 3,000-year Greek Presence on the Aegean Shore Came to an End

    03/17/2017 5:45:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    Philos Project ^ | March 16, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Tension is running high between Greece and Turkey. The cause? Turkish Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar paid a visit to Imia, a pair of two small, uninhabited Greek islets in the Aegean Sea, on January 29. He was accompanied by the commanders of the Turkish land, naval and air forces.Imia – which Turkey calls “Kardak” – was a subject of yet another crisis in 1996 that brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war. Although armed conflict was ultimately averted, Turkey still claims that the islands are Turkish, even though the islands in the Aegean are...
  • Discoveries of Polish archaeologists in Armenia [Urartu]

    12/09/2014 5:13:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Naukaw Polsce ^ | December 8, 2014 | PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland
    Archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw discovered evidence of destruction and capture of the ancient city of Metsamor, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the vicinity of Yerevan. "In the entire area of research we found layers of burning and ash. The city was probably captured by the army of Argishti I, the ruler of Urartu," told PAP Krzysztof Jakubiak, head of the project. Argishti I was the king of Urartu, the biblical Kingdom of Ararat in the Armenian Highlands. During his reign, the boundaries of the state expanded to the Caucasus, the area of...
  • Battle of Manzikert: The ‘Subjugation of Christianity by Islam’

    08/26/2020 5:44:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    American ^ | August 26, 2020 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today, on August 26, 1071, one of history’s most decisive battles took place at Manzikert, initiating the creation of the modern state of Turkey atop formerly Christian Asia Minor. The story, which follows, is instructive.In 1019, “the first appearance of the bloodthirsty beasts… the savage nation of infidels called Turks entered Armenia,” in eastern Anatolia, “and mercilessly slaughtered the Christian faithful with the sword,” writes a chronicler. In the ensuing years and decades, virtually the whole of Armenia was decimated: hundreds of thousands were slaughtered or enslaved, and thousands of churches torched or desecrated, including by being turned into mosques:...
  • A temple that predates Stonehenge reveals architectural planning may be older than we think

    05/16/2020 9:36:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Lauren M Johnson
    Researchers have discovered part of the mystery behind the construction of the earliest known temple in human history. The Göbekli Tepe complex in southeastern Anatolia, Turkey, is a 11,500-year-old stone structure that predates Stonehenge, according to a news release. The researchers used a computer algorithm to trace the architectural design, especially three of the complex's monumental round structures, to determine that the pillars were placed in their particular positions on purpose.
  • Mysterious 5000 year-old sword discovered...

    03/26/2020 5:37:04 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 35 replies
    Fox ^ | March 25, 2020 | James Rogers
    "A doctoral student in Italy discovered an ancient 5,000-year-old sword in a Venetian monastery..."
  • Historically Responsible Decision of the Day: the Antakya Museum-Hotel

    03/09/2020 1:39:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Citylab ^ | August 6, 2012 | Henry Grabar
    When life gives you a giant mosaic, build a museum-hotel. Digging in the soil of Antakya, a small city near Turkey's Syrian border known to the Greeks as Antioch, Nehmi Asfuroglu discovered one of the world's largest and best-preserved ancient mosaics. It was an archaeologist's dream, but Asfuroglu is a developer, and he was hoping to build a hotel on the site. He could have abandoned the project or concealed the discovery, but instead, he funded a seven-month excavation, abandoning the power tools of hotel construction for the manpower of historians from the local university. He hired architect Emre Arolat...
  • 5,000-year-old sword discovered in Venice

    03/01/2020 5:36:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | February 28, 2020 | unattributed
    A 5,000 year-old sword, among the oldest Anatolian weapons in the world, was discovered by a PhD student at the University Ca' Foscari in Venice, Vittoria Dall'Armellina, in a monastery on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in the Lagoon City. The weapon is at the museum of San Lazzaro. It is a small sword, located in a window together with Medieval objects. The sword however is very similar to 5,000-year-old weapons discovered inside the Royal palace in Arslantepe, eastern Anatolia, believed to be the most ancient in the world. The museum of Tokat (Turkey) had a similar sword...
  • Rare find: human teeth used as jewelry in Turkey 8,500 years ago

    01/01/2020 8:59:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | December 13, 2019 | University of Copenhagen
    At a prehistoric archaeological site in Turkey, researchers have discovered two 8,500-year-old human teeth, which had been used as pendants in a necklace or bracelet. Researchers have never documented this practice before in the prehistoric Near East, and the rarity of the find suggests that the human teeth were imbued with profound symbolic meaning for the people who wore them. During excavations at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey between 2013 and 2015, researchers found three 8,500-year-old-teeth that appeared to have been intentionally drilled to be worn as beads in a necklace or bracelet. Subsequent macroscopic, microscopic and radiographic...
  • New study on early human fire acquisition squelches debate

    10/30/2019 12:45:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 25, 2019 | University of Connecticut
    Now, a team of University of Connecticut researchers, working with colleagues from Armenia, the U.K., and Spain, has found compelling evidence that early humans such as Neanderthals not only controlled fire, but also mastered the ability to generate it. "Fire was presumed to be the domain of Homo sapiens but now we know that other ancient humans like Neanderthals could create it," says co-author Daniel Adler, associate professor in anthropology. "So perhaps we are not so special after all." Their work, published today in Scientific Reports, pairs archaeological, hydrocarbon and isotope evidence of human interactions with fire, with what the...
  • Massive Earthquake Destroyed Ancient City Of Anamurium, Say Scientists

    07/08/2006 1:06:50 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,114+ views
    Massive earthquake destroyed ancient city of Anamurium, say scientists Saturday, July 8, 2006 ANKARA - Turkish Daily News The ancient city of Anamurium, located west of Mersin's Anamur district, was destroyed by a massive earthquake in the sixth century, scientists working at the site announced on Wednesday. Professor Selim Ýnan of Mersin University said in a written statement that four fault lines in the triangle formed by the Mut, Ermenek and Anamur districts had been identified during studies conducted over the last two years with Professor Nurdan Ýnan. Ýnan said the research revealed strong evidence that the ancient city was...
  • Archaeology professor scrutinizes age-old mystery [ Uluburun wreck excavation]

    11/24/2008 3:39:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 1,338+ views
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville ^ | Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Kayla Kitts
    In 1983 a sponge diver found funny metal biscuits with ears at the ocean floor. That is how the excavation got started, Hirschfeld said. The ship carried ten tons of copper ingots, which after being analyzed, were determined to be from Cyprus. Each ingot weighs approximately 60 pounds, she said. She and her team also excavated glass ingots, tons of tin, and three Italian swords that were not part of the cargo of the ship. Among the 130 Canaanite jars they found, there were traces of wine in the jars and one was full of glass beads. The team also...
  • Bronze Age mouse offers clues to royal shipwreck [ Ulu Burun wreck ]

    09/09/2008 12:31:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 194+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2008 | unattributed
    Remains of a long dead house mouse have been found in the wreck of a Bronze Age royal ship. That makes it the earliest rodent stowaway ever recorded, and proof of how house mice spread around the world. Archaeologist Thomas Cucchi of the University of Durham, UK, identified a fragment of a mouse jaw in sediment from a ship that sank 3500 years ago off the coast of Turkey. The cargo of ebony, ivory, silver and gold - including a gold scarab with the name of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti - indicates it was a royal vessel. Because the cargo...
  • Anatolian tree-ring studies are untrustworthy

    02/03/2006 8:59:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 643+ views
    The Limehouse Cut ^ | 30 October 2005 | Douglas J. Keenan
    The approach that was adopted for Anatolia, however, was to rely largely on what is called a "D-score". The D-score does not exist in statistics. It has been used solely with tree rings. D-scores do not have a mathematical derivation -- unlike t-scores, g-scores, and times series. In fact, D-scores were more or less just made up (in an unpublished 1987 thesis), and using them to evaluate a tree-ring match turns out to be little better than rolling dice... The most important of those dates was perhaps for wood from a shipwreck, which was claimed to resolve some of the...