Traces of civilizations are traced with the findings of archaeological excavations carried out in Türkiye's Kayseri, Sivas, Yozgat, and Kirikkale.
The excavations at Kultepe Kanis/Karum Mound, located 20 kilometers northeast of Kayseri city center, continue for 12 months, weather permitting, and are headed by Prof. Dr. Fikri Kulakoglu from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History, and Geography.
The finds unearthed from the mound, where Prof. Dr. Tahsin Ozguc started the first scientific excavations in 1948, shed light on Anatolian and world history.
In Kultepe, where the first written documents of Anatolia were found, archaeological excavations continued this season both on the hill and in the Karum area, and in a trench belonging to the Chalcolithic Age, called the Copper Stone Age, data indicating that Kultepe dates back to at least 6 thousand years before today were reached.
The excavations also aim to reach the first foundation of Kultepe in the trench in the old layers under the ancient Warsama Palace within the archaeological site.
Czech philologist Sarka Velharticka is also working to complete and publish the unfinished works of linguist Bedrich Hrozny, who deciphered Hittite and found tablets in Kultepe in 1925 with the help of villagers. In the fossil excavations around the Yamula Dam, which started in 2018 in the city, fossils belonging to the giraffe family were found this year.
The excavations are carried out under the scientific supervision of Prof. Dr. Oksan Basoglu, Head of the Anthropology Department of Haci Bayram Veli University, and Prof. Dr. Pınar Gozluk Kirmizioglu.
During the excavations in the area, which were productive in terms of fossils this year, fossils belonging to the giraffe family were found the most. In the excavations, which differ from other fossil excavations in Turkey with the remains of megafauna (animals with large morphology), fossils called proboscis were also unearthed.
Source: Anadolu Agency