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6,000-year-old Neolithic remains discovered in central Istanbul


Archaeologists have unearthed Neolithic remains believed to be dating back to 6,000 years during a new metro line construction in central Istanbul.

6,000-year-old Neolithic remains discovered in central Istanbul
Archaeologists have unearthed Neolithic remains believed to be dating back to 6,000 years during a new metro line 
construction in central Istanbul. Neolithic circular structures and urn type burials were discovered by the Istanbul 
Archaeology Museum experts at the construction site of the subway station in Besiktas district 
[Credit: Xinhua/Cenk Baklan]
Neolithic circular structures and urn type burials were discovered by the Istanbul Archaeology Museum experts at the construction site of the subway station in Besiktas district.

According to the experts, the discovery will reveal important information that would shed light on the history of Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait separating the city's Asian and European sides.

"This discovery located at the very center of the city will definitely fill an important gap in the history of the region between 6,500 and 3,000s BC," Itir Bayburtluoglu, an archaeologist told Xinhua.

"I believe it will disclose significant information about the early settlement alongside the strait, one of the world's most important sea routes connecting the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea," she said.

"The circular structures are also very remarkable as they unveil specific construction style of the period," Bayburtluoglu said.

These structures were seen until the Iron Age and are considered as typical settlements styles of the Thrace region in northwestern part of Turkey, the expert said.

In April, archaeologists have first unearthed some 19th and 20th century ruins at the same site.

Following that discovery the authorities have slightly shifted the location of the metro station allowing the experts to dig further the bottom layers.

In Bayburtluoglu's view, the site likely hosts more artifacts belonging to the earlier periods and they could be retrieved as the excavations move forward.

In the meantime, the residents of the district welcomed the findings with enthusiasm.

"It is very exciting when I think that we are living just above the settlements of the Neolithic Period," Kerem Ozulku, who resides in Besiktas told Xinhua.

A coffee owner across the excavation site said "That means that I am looking at the same beautiful view of the Bosphorus as someone who lived 6,000 years ago."

Source: Xinhua [August 18, 2017]
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