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Archaeologists Discover More than 70 Ancient Settlement Areas, Including Achaemenids in Yozgat, Turkey

 

24 August 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists working at the ancient settlement of Tavium located in what is today Yozgat in Turkey have discovered more than 70 previously unknown ancient settlements including Persians in the area.

The Central Anatolian province, mostly famous for the Chalcolithic Period discoveries at its Alishar Tumulus and the Hittite era artifacts at Kerkenes, is likely to hold much more archaeological wealth than previously believed, and archaeologists say the new studies will shed more light on history.

Austrian archaeologist Professor Karl Strobel, who is currently heading surveys and excavations at the ancient city of Tavium, said he and his assistant Cristoph Gerber have identified the previously unknown settlements in a very large area that stretches as far as Yozgat's borders with Chorum, Kerekkale and Kershehir.

Strobel, who has been studying in the area since 1997, told news reporters that the new settlements belonged to various periods in history, including Ottoman, Roman, Bronze Age, Byzantine, Parthian, Hellenistic, Persian, Hittite, Early Bronze, Chalcolithic, Early Chalcolithic, early and mid-Iron Age.

Strobel said they submitted a report on their discoveries to officials and that they were waiting for the sites to be registered as archaeological conservation areas. An Italian team of archaeologists will kick off surveys in Yassihoyuk -- one of the sites that hold newly discovered settlements -- next year, he said. The team is expected to be in Yozgat this weekend for initial studies, he added.

Excavations currently are continuing in three major sites in Yozgat.

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