Monday, November 11, 2019
Archaeologists unearth ancient settlement in SE Turkey
Sewer system dating back 11,800 years, over 20 architectural structures found in Mardin province
An ancient historical site dating back 11,800 years was unearthed on Thursday in southeastern Turkey.
Now part of the province of Mardin, the area has been home to many different civilizations including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites, Urartians, Romans, Abbasids, Seljuks and Ottomans.
Archeologist Ergul Kodas said his team was excavating the site as part of a project focusing on documenting and rescuing cultural sites located in the Dargecit district, when they came across the 11,800-year-old sewer system and over two dozen architectural artifacts.
A total of 15 restorers and archaeologists as well as 50 workers are currently excavating the area, which was designated a historical and cultural site by Turkish authorities.
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