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  • The Price of Plunder [Hasanlu Tepe gold cup]

    03/30/2019 12:04:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Archaeology ^ | January/February 2015 | Jason Urbanus
    Hasanlu developed into a significant commercial and production center during the early Iron Age (1400-800 B.C.), owing to its location on important trade and communication routes between Mesopotamia and Anatolia. The citadel at the center of the settlement contained an array of monumental buildings, including palaces, temples, and large multi-columned halls. The evidence Danti is studying confirms that the citadel met with a violent end. Many buildings were ransacked and burned, which caused them to collapse. In addition, the remains of more than 250 people were uncovered, some with signs of systematic execution. "The horrific level of violence evident in...
  • Tubingen archaeologists uncover cuneiform archive in Iraq's Kurdish region

    03/30/2018 6:13:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Universitat Tubingen ^ | October 23, 2017 | Janna Eberhardt
    University of Tübingen archaeologists headed by Professor Peter Pfälzner have made sensational finds in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The researchers from the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies found a cuneiform archive of 93 clay tablets dating from... the Middle Assyrian Empire. The tablets were found at the Bronze Age city site of Bassetki, which was only discovered in 2013... The researchers unearthed a layer from the little-known Mittani Kingdom (approx. 1550 - 1300) for the first time at this location. Two Mittani cuneiform tablets found in this level document intense trade conducted by the city's inhabitants around...
  • Iraq: Small statue of Egyptian pharaoh found

    03/06/2009 7:51:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 915+ views ^ | Monday, February 16, 2009 | Michael Cohen
    Archaeologists have discovered a small ancient statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen in Kurdish Northern Iraq. The discovery was made by a team led by noted Iraqi archaeologist Mr Hassan Ahmad in an area known as Dohuq Valley in a place referred to by locals as 'Pharaoh's Palace'. Experts have estimated the age of the statue at around 3500 years old, dating from around 1400 BC. The statue confirms historical data that the ancient Egyptians, during the 'New Kingdom' period, enjoyed warm relations with the Hittite Mitanni Kingdom and often travelled into their territory many hundreds of miles from the...
  • Quest for Median Evidence at Ecbatana Hill Turns Hopeless

    01/10/2007 10:59:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Cultural Heritage News Agency ^ | December 30, 2006 | Maryam Tabeshian
    Contrary to what archeologists and historians had previously believed about the existence of Medians at Ecbatana Hill, latest archeological studies at this ancient hill have so far revealed no single evidence from the Median Empire (728 BC-550 BC)... Masoud Azarnoush told CHN that stratigraphy works and dowsing operations in five places on the hill have only revealed evidence of the Parthian civilization (248 BC–224 AD)... "The present theory is proposed based on findings in the area in which soundings were made and it is possible to find evidence of the Medes somewhere else on the hill," said team director Azarnoush......
  • Lost city of Pteria found in Yozgat

    01/10/2007 10:48:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 308+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | unattributed
    "Kerkenes is supposed to be a part of Phrygian culture. The ancient city of Pteria implied a date later than that of the Phrygian period in Kerkenes; however, the establishment of the ancient city couldn't be wholly realized and it served as a settlement area only for a period of 50 years. The founder of the city chose this particular location due to its geographical convenience for defense and travel routes. The administrative, religious and military structures in the city indicate that it was originally established for long-term settlement. But archaeological surveys show that the city was burned, destroyed and...
  • Capital City Of Ancient Superpower Discovered (Medes)

    10/26/2002 12:56:48 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 996+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 10-26-2002 | David Keys
    Capital city of ancient superpower discovered By David Keys Archaeology Correspondent 26 October 2002 British archaeologists have discovered a capital city of one of the ancient world's most mysterious superpowers. The metropolis, covering more than a square mile, was the main western administrative centre of the ancient Median Empire, a vast Middle Eastern imperial state which flourished in the first half of the 6th century BC between the fall of the Assyrian empire and the rise of Persia. The discovery reveals the sheer scale of the threat which would soon be posed to Europe by the ancient Middle East. For...