5700-year-old child burial unearthed in eastern Turkey


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A recently unearthed skeleton of a child in eastern Turkey is thought to date back to 5,700 years ago, according to the head of excavation.

5700-year-old child burial unearthed in eastern Turkey
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The skeleton was discovered in a Late Chalcolithic era house during ongoing excavations in the Archaeological Site of Arslantepe, located in the eastern Malatya province.

“We found beads on the arms and neck of the child, which we have not seen before. These beads indicate that the child belonged to a noble family,” excavation head Marcelle Frangipane told Anadolu Agency.

A professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, Frangipane said scientific studies at Arslantepe continue and the child is thought to have lived in 3600-3700 BC.

5700-year-old child burial unearthed in eastern Turkey
Credit: AA

Following expert examination by the Anthropology Department of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, the skeleton will give clues about the life of the era it belonged.

“The excavation team said that the child was 6 or 7 years old, but they should work on it further. The child may have died due to a trauma,” she added.

Frangipane also said that they are waiting for the results of the examination to discover the gender, genetic signature, age and cause of death of the child as well as the diet of era.

5700-year-old child burial unearthed in eastern Turkey
Credit: AA

The four-hectare and 30-meter high archaeological mound, lying five kilometers (three miles) away from the city center, Arslantepe was accepted into the UNESCO Tentative List of World Heritage on April 15, 2014.

According to the UNESCO, Arslantepe excavations have been conducted since 1961 on behalf of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Italian Archaeological Expedition of the Sapienza University of Rome.

Arslantepe – where findings from the Late Chalcolithic era and the Iron Age were found – was home to many civilizations, such as Hittites, Romans and Byzantines.

5700-year-old child burial unearthed in eastern Turkey
Credit: AA

During the past years’ excavations, lion statues and an overturned king sculpture were unearthed, as well as the adobe palace, which has a rainwater drainage infrastructure and more than 2,000 sealings, revealing the structure of the first city-state in Anatolia.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [October 09, 2019]



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