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15 November 2017
5,000-year-old fortress discovered in central Turkey

Archeologists uncovered an approximately 5,000-year-old settlement and fortress in central Turkey's Nevşehir province, in the region known as Cappadocia. The site, which dates to the Early Bronze Age, was discovered during research on a hill 20 kilometers from the center of Çakıltepe city, conducted by a team of archeologists from Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University (NEVU) and the Nevşehir Museum Directorate.
     Yalçın Kamış, NEVU archeology professor and Çakıltepe field work assistant, said that researchers believe the settlement, which includes a defense fortress, dates as far back as 3,000 BCE and continued to be inhabited through the Byzantine era. "The site contains a multilayered mound with remains of different periods, the oldest dating from the third to the second millennium BCE," explained Kamış.
     A preliminary research team of six experts is currently mapping the area and completing technical aspects of the project in preparation to begin extensive drilling and excavation work, added Kamış.
     Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with its diverse geological formations, including its fairy chimneys, Cappadocia is known for hundreds of rocky hillside dwellings, as well as several immense underground cities. During the late Bronze Age, Cappadocia was known as Hatti, homeland of the Hittites.
     
Edited from Daily Sabah (10 November 2017)

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