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Archaeologists Unearth 9,000-Year-Old Settlement In Seydiþehir (Turkey)
Turkish Daily News ^ | 3-16-2006

Posted on 03/16/2006 2:05:58 PM PST by blam

Archaeologists unearth 9,000-year-old settlement in Seydiþedir

Thursday, March 16, 2006

As a result of four years of painstaking excavation, a settlement dating back 9,000 years was discovered in central Anatolia. The tumulus is unique for the region as it is surrounded by walls

ANKARA - Turkish Daily News

A settlement dating back 9,000 years was discovered during archaeological excavations in Seydiþehir, a district of the central Anatolian province of Konya.

Following a visit to Gökhüyük, where the settlement was unearthed, Konya's Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Abdüssettar Yarar told the Anatolia news agency that excavations have been conducted for the past four years by a team under the supervision of archaeologist Enver Akgün.

He said the 50-strong team worked at site every year between June and November.

“The tumulus dates to the Neolithic era,” he said. “We are putting special emphasis on similar excavations to unearth the hidden historical wealth of our region.”

Noting that the tumulus is unique in central Anatolia as it is surrounded by walls, Yarar said: “Settlements from the Neolithic period surrounded by walls are rare in Anatolia. Gökhüyük is, therefore, very important historically.”

“Dishes, filters and millstones as well as offerings for the dead, a tradition of the day, have been found,” Yarar said. “They appear to have been a developed civilization taking into account the time in which they lived.”

He also said over 200 artifacts had been unearthed during the four years of excavation and that they are on display at various museums in Konya.

Seydiþehir Mayor Ýbrahim Halýcý said Seydiþehir was one of the oldest settlement areas in Anatolia, adding: “As the municipality we are lending support in order to unearth the area's historical wealth. We will be holding a conference on ancient Seydiþehir during tourism week in April.”


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KEYWORDS: 9000; archaeologists; catalhuyuk; godsgravesglyphs; old; settlement; seydisedir; turkey; unearth; year

1 posted on 03/16/2006 2:06:02 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 03/16/2006 2:06:53 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

I would love to see some of the artifacts.


3 posted on 03/16/2006 2:23:43 PM PST by Ditter
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To: blam

Gawd, I love these archaeology posts! 9000 years, makes the city of Troy look like a youngster by comparison.


4 posted on 03/16/2006 2:24:10 PM PST by SueRae
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To: SueRae

Yeah. Didn't they also discover a civilization with plumbing in India dating 9th century BC or so?


5 posted on 03/16/2006 2:26:26 PM PST by oklahoma guard
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To: blam

Was not aware they were building walled cities that far back. Intresting find!


6 posted on 03/16/2006 2:37:19 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

I thought that Jericho was the oldest walled city.


7 posted on 03/16/2006 2:48:55 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Yes, I think you are right about Jericho, but could not be much older than 9,000 years. Anybody in FREEPERLAND know?


8 posted on 03/16/2006 2:53:51 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: lexington minuteman 1775; Citizen Tom Paine
"Jericho is one of the most ancient human habitations. The most ancient human remains were found in it, some of which go back to 5000 years B.C. Others believe that these remains go back to 7000 years B.C. The most recent opinion on this subject is that they date back to 8000 years B.C."
9 posted on 03/16/2006 3:07:20 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Thanks Blam, I knew a FREEPER would know!


10 posted on 03/16/2006 3:15:44 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: blam

9,000 yrs old ....but I was told that the earth was 6,000 ..... ah fuhgedaboutit! LOL.


11 posted on 03/16/2006 3:25:18 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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"9,000 yrs old ....but I was told that the earth was 6,000"

When the earth appeared, the city was already 3000 years old and drifting in space.


12 posted on 03/16/2006 8:48:58 PM PST by sagar
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To: SueRae
Gawd, I love these archaeology posts!

Blam's posts are the most consistently fascinating on the entire web, and I am including all topics and all websites (I have ever seen) when I say that.

13 posted on 03/16/2006 9:00:30 PM PST by Urbane_Guerilla
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ...
Thanks Blam. Seems like a slow week. :')

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14 posted on 03/16/2006 10:02:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Yes indeed, Civ updated his profile and links pages again, on Monday, March 6, 2006.)
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To: Urbane_Guerilla

I wholeheartedly agree!


15 posted on 03/16/2006 10:07:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Yes indeed, Civ updated his profile and links pages again, on Monday, March 6, 2006.)
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To: blam

9,000 years and it was walled. Great find.


16 posted on 03/17/2006 4:58:52 AM PST by Dustbunny (Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Thanks Blam. Seems like a slow week. :')"

Yup. Spring has 'sprung' here. Everyone outside planting and cleaning flower beds, birds singing and etc. My Eastern Blue Birds have built a nest and have already laid their eggs. Beautiful weather.

17 posted on 03/17/2006 8:36:10 AM PST by blam
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To: Urbane_Guerilla

Thanks.


18 posted on 03/17/2006 8:37:10 AM PST by blam
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Jericho is defined as an extremely old "settlement", but not a "city" like Harappa or Mohenjo-Daro.

Jericho = 40,000 sq. meters, a few huts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho

Mohenjo-Daro = 30,000 - 40,000 residents, many square miles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohenjo-daro

Indus River Valley civilization:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indus_Valley_Civilization


19 posted on 03/17/2006 8:43:15 AM PST by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: blam
Wife and I spent two great years in Turkey (1972-74). We were always amazed by the sights and ruins that abound there. It seems everywhere we went, there were archaeological ruins, castles, ancient churches(!) and beautiful cities and towns to explore.

The airports at both Ankara and Istanbul seemed to be back in that same time period also. Both had 'bomb sight' toilets and water buckets instead of stools and paper. Some things never change!

20 posted on 03/17/2006 8:45:01 AM PST by Don Carlos
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"The airports at both Ankara and Istanbul seemed to be back in that same time period also. "

I saw a program the other night that showed a large part of ancient Istanbul is still accessable through old underground tunnels, etc. There are miles & miles of tunnels that have never been examined from the time of Constantine.

21 posted on 03/17/2006 11:44:18 AM PST by blam
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To: Don Carlos

The other day we ate at Kebob Palace, in Crystal City, VA.

You can always tell a good kebab place by the taxi drivers who flock to them.

But when I went to use the ladies room -- there were muddy footprints on the toilet seat!

A new one for me. I have heard that standing/squatting on the toilet seat is common in certain parts of the world, just never experienced this before. I assumed they at least lifted the seat!


22 posted on 03/17/2006 1:29:21 PM PST by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: CobaltBlue

LOL!


23 posted on 03/17/2006 2:17:22 PM PST by Don Carlos
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