Skip to comments.Archaeologists Seek Hints On 4,000-Year-Old (Thracian) Civilization In Tekirdaš
Posted on 07/19/2006 10:39:15 AM PDT by blam
Archaeologists seek hints on 4000-year-old civilization in Tekirdað
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
Archaeologists working on an ancient Thracian site in Tekirdað said on Monday they have unveiled part of an ancient city named Heraion Teichos, which is thought to date back to 2000 B.C.
The excavation team of Mimar Sinan University's Archaeology Department has been working to unearth the ancient city, located near Tekirdað's Karaevli village, for the last six years.
Head of the excavations, Associate Professor Neþe Atik, told the Doðan News Agency on Monday that they were the first team to conduct the excavation of a Thracian site in Turkey.
Sources of information on the Thracian civilization are very scarce, according to Atik.
Looking at the remains we unearthed from the region, we believe this area was a health facility around 2000 B.C., when Thracians inhabited the region. As a result of the excavations, we saw that they were very successful in producing golden and silver accessories, pottery and textiles, she said.
Atik stated that some 477 ancient coins and numerous historical remains had been handed to the Tekirdað Museum.
Considering the fact that numerous pieces of imported pottery from the fifth and third centuries B.C. were unearthed during excavations, and that the city had a huge fortress, we can understand that Heraion Teichos was a wealthy seaport city, she added.
Atik said they were hoping to get more information on the lifestyle of Thracians in upcoming excavations and that they were also aiming to open the ancient settlement site for tourism.
477 ancient coins...which are not 4000 years old. :')
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What would a 2000 BC "health facility" be??
All I know about this stuff is that the Thracian's make good mercenaries in Rome: Total War.
Bulgaria - a brief history outline - The Thracians
Thracians settled not only on the peninsular mainland and the Mediterranean islands, but also moved south-eastwards into Asia Minor. Thracians took part in the Trojan War. Homer recorded that the Thracian chieftain Rezos appeared before the walls of Troy with the most handsome and well-built horses, whiter than snow and fleet as deer.
During the first millennium B.C. the Thracian tribes were a relatively unified tribal entity. Their history can be classified in two main periods: the first one dates from the end of the second millennium B.C. until the end of the 6th century B.C. During this period, and particularly after the eighth century B.C., Greek colonizers began to settle along the Aegean and Black Sea littoral. Quite a number of Greek city-colonies had Thracian names, including Byzantion- later the famous capital of Byzantium (Greek settlers from the town of Megara formed this colony, naming it after Byzas the Thracian). The second period, from the end of the 6th century until the turn of the 3rd century B.C. was the Golden Age of the Thracian state and culture.
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Philia: That's the brute who raped my country, Thrace!
Pseudolus: He raped Thrace?
Philia: And then he came and did it again! And then again!
Pseudolus: He raped Thrace thrice?
Actually, good point, I think we had a brace of Thrace topics a year or more ago, including one about the gold in them thar hills.
When a Turk says:
"Sources of information on the Thracian civilization are very scarce"
loud bells go off in my head.
Sources of information may be scarce throughout the islamic world ... or the mohammadans are doing what they do so well; stealing the history of an indigenous culture.
Aitos Plovdiv (Turkish Filibe, Greek Philipopoli) Pazardzhik Stara Zagora Sliven Dimitrovgrad Kazanlak Haskovo Burgas Pistiros Seuthopolis
Alexandroupolis Abdera Didymoteicho (Bulgarian Dimotika, Turkish Dimotiko) Komotini Lavara Pythio Orestiada Samothrace Sapes Xanthi
Edirne ("Adrianople") (Bulgarian Odrin) refounded by Hadrian, site of numerous battles, notably in 378, 1205 and the siege in 1912-1913 which resulted in the Bulgarian army's victory.
Kırklareli (Bulgarian Lozengrad, Greek: Σαράντα Εκκλησιές, Saranta Ekklisyes) Tekirdağ (Greek Rodosto) İstanbul (European side)(Greek 'Constantinople') Sestos
Some of these individuals were ethnically Thracian
In Greek legend, Orpheus was the chief representative of the art of song and playing the lyre, and of great importance in the religious history of Greece. Democritus was a Greek philosopher and mathematician from Abdera, Thrace (c. 460 BC- 370 BC.) His main contribution is the atomic theory, the belief that all matter is made up of various imperishable indivisible elements which he called atoms.
Herodicus was a Thracian physician of the fifth century BC who is considered the founder of sports medicine. He is believed to have been one of Hippocrates' tutors. Spartacus was a Thracian enslaved by the Romans who led a large slave uprising in what is now Italy in 73ÃÂÃÂ71 BC. His army of escaped gladiators and slaves defeated several Roman legions in what is known as the Third Servile War.
Maximinus Thrax, Roman emperor (AD 235ÃÂÃÂ238), was born in Thrace or Moesia to a Gothic father and an Alanic mother.
The Thracians, one of the oldest and biggest Indo-European peoples, settled in South-eastern Europe and in Asia Minor. Their main homeland is situated in todays Bulgaria. Intense relations and exchange with their neighbours has been characteristic for these people living on the bridge between Asia and Europe. All great civilisations from Asia passed through this area into Europe. Thracian culture developed in exchange with Persians, Scythians, Greeks, Celts, Romans and even the Egyptian Empire.
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Thanks. I looked at the last link on your list, first... and here's the first thing that caught my attention:
In the Thracians calendar, there are three seasons and 60 main holidays. A year consisted of 12 months with 360 days, five days being added to the last month every year.
Page 316 WIC. 'The Year of 360 Days'
'The Egyptian year was composed of 360 days before it became 365 by the addition of five days. The calendar of the Ebers Papyrus, a document of the New Kingdom, has a year of twelve months of thirty days each.'
Heh... :') Aw, that's just a coincidence. ;')