Excavations at Kültepe Höyük restart

Archaeological excavations at the Kültepe-Kaniş-Karum excavation site, which was used as a rest stop by Assyrian merchants some 4,000 years ago, have restarted. 

Aerial view of Kültepe Höyük [Credit: Turkish Media]
The excavations at the site, located in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, are being conducted under the leadership of Professor Fikri Kulakoğlu. Associate Professor Sabahattin Ezer, a lecturer at Adıyaman University faculty of science and literature and a member of the excavation team, said: “We are trying to unearth remains from the early Bronze Age. We found a monumental structure in 2010 that may be bigger than its contemporaries in Asia Minor. This is very exciting.” 

Ezer stated that they would work with a large group made up of 63 people from various disciplines, including anthropologists, zoologists, archaeobotanists, architects, restoration specialists and archeologists. 

View of excavations at Kültepe Höyük [Credit: Turkish Media]
The professor also stated that other than regular excavation equipment, a device called the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), which is commonly used in large archaeological excavations around the world, would be used in the Kültepe excavations. This device measures distances and angles to produce 3D data and/or 2D plans and drawings of archaeological sites. 

Ezer said that since 2009, when they launched the excavations, they had succeeded excavating remains from times older than that of Assyria. 

Source: Today's Zaman [July 22, 2012]

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