Archaeologists unearth 1,600-year-old weaving workshop in southeastern Turkey

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Archaeologists have discovered a 1,600-year-old weaving workshop along with weight stones used to turn wool into rope during excavation work in the ancient city of Perrhe, an ancient city in the kingdom of Commagene, the remains of which are located in the Turkish city of Adiyaman. 

Archaeologists unearth 1,600-year-old weaving workshop in southeastern Turkey
Loom weights unearthed in Perrhe [Credit: IHA]

Digging at the ancient site has been ongoing since the early 2000s, and a variety of items have been unearthed this year alone, including a Roman fountain, various architectural structures and several aqueducts.

Archaeologists unearth 1,600-year-old weaving workshop in southeastern Turkey
View of the area of the weaving workshop in the ancient city of Perrhe [Credit: IHA]



Adiyaman Museum Director Mehmet Alkan said excavation work slowed with the arrival of winter. “In the excavations we’ve been carrying out in a field of some 1,000 square metres, we’ve identified residential architecture and buildings of civil architecture. Based on these structures, we think that the earthquakes that occurred from the sixth to seventh centuries damaged the residential buildings of Perrhe,” Alkan said.

Archaeologists unearth 1,600-year-old weaving workshop in southeastern Turkey
Loom weights unearthed in Perrhe [Credit: IHA]

He further noted that the findings indicated that there was small-scale grain production in the area and related items such as cisterns and crushing vessels as well as millstones were found.

Source: Anadolu News Agency [December 06, 2021]

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