x0x Anatolian Dig Reveals More Ancient Riches
- x0x Anatolian Dig Reveals More Ancient Riches
Huge Hittite grain stores found
In Kirsehir's Cagirkan district, five grain storage facilities from
the Hittite period were found during excavations.
Doctor Sachihiro Omura from Tokyo University who is leading the
excavation in Kalehoyuk said the area is full of artifacts from
several different tribes that have lived in these areas since 2000
Omura added that Kalehoyuk is found on the historical trade route
known as the Silk Road, and during several excavations that have been
conducted until today, 15,000 antique pieces were found and these were
given to the Kirsehir Museum for exhibition.
Omura said: "Anatolia has a rich cultural background. Here you can
easily find signs of many civilizations. During the excavations that
we conducted this year in Kalehoyuk, we found five huge grain stores
from around 1800 B.C. during the Hittite period. We believe that these
grain storages are the largest ones found until today."
Omura said that during the excavations they found several bones
belonging to tigers, lions and other wild animals and one of the bones
found was proven by scientist to have belonged to a tiger, thus
proving that Anatolia in the past was surrounded by forests.
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