Monday, July 26, 2010

Canadian archeologists revel in ‘mind-blowing’ dig in Turkey

TELL TAYINAT, Turkey — Every time archeologist James Osborne steps into the remains of the newly uncovered temple at Tell Tayinat, he can’t help but wonder about the people who walked those steps before him.

Did an ancient king mount them with great ceremony, proceeding into the most sacred chamber where very few could venture?

Did he sit on a dais and watch as priests consecrated clay tablets, perhaps even the one found last year by the University of Toronto archeological team here in southern Turkey?

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