| 5 December 2014
Cappadocian site continues to yield results after 25 years
The site in question is called Asikli Hoyuk and is located in the Cappadocian region of Central Anatolia (Turkey). It has been worked continuously as a site since it was first discovered in 1989. It is very important in that it shows the transition from nomadic to sedentary life, over 11,000 years ago.
Professor Mihriban Ozbasaran was a mere doctorate student in 1989 and is now Head of the excavation and research. Her enthusiasm for the site has not diminished in those 25 years and she believes that the site shows that the lifestyle change occurred independently to other regions in a way that suited particular local needs.
She is quoted as saying "Before they were in small groups on the move. Here is the first time they started to be together for 24 hours as a community. What excites me the most about the site is that before the excavation studies started at Asikli it was thought that these developments have diffused from East to West!".
Several buildings have been reconstructed on the site, replicating the original design as closely as possible, located near the protected remains that they are based on, for visitors to view. The researchers have also gained valuable knowledge of the age and demographic of the population of the settlement, along with some of their medical history. It is also thought that, in addition to crop farming and animal domestication the site can boast to be the first known location for copper mining in the area
Edited from Hurriyet Daily News (12 November 2014)
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