Skip to comments.Earliest Horse Figures Of Anatolia In Eskišehir
Posted on 02/27/2007 2:18:28 PM PST by blam
Earliest horse figures of Anatolia in Eskiºehir
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
ANKARA Turkish Daily News
Horse figures painted on rock formations in Eskiºehir are the oldest in Anatolia, according to new archaeological research.
The research revealed that the first known horse figures date back to 6,000 B.C. and that the area was settled in the early Neolithic period. The excavation and studies of Anatolia in Eskiºehir's Sivrihisar district were conducted jointly by Eskiºehir-based Anadolu University and the Eskiºehir Archaeology Museum. The Eskiºehir province lies directly to the west of Ankara.Ali Umut Türkcan of Anadolu University said rock paintings featuring horse figures were found by two amateur photographers in 2002, adding, The rock paintings were interesting because they contained 20 horse figures and a figure resembling a human showing his hands before the horses.
Türkcan said the figures were later made clear using the computer program Photoshop and that it was the first time this technique was applied for such work.
The rock paintings are really significant because they are the first horse figures found in Anatolia. Horse figures have an important place for this region, which used to be an area where horses were raised. In addition to the rock paintings with horse figures, early Neolithic period ceramics and flints were discovered in the region, suggesting that the area was also used for settlement, he noted.
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