Medieval medicine bottle unearthed in SE Turkey


Share post:

Archaeologists discovered a medieval earthenware bottle containing medicine in Turkey’s southeastern archaeological site Harran, the excavation leader said on Thursday.

Medieval medicine bottle unearthed in SE Turkey
Credit: AA

The 900-year-old bottle with the image of two snakes twined, the symbol of today’s medicine, on it, dates back to the Zengids, a Turkic dynasty that ruled the Levant and Upper Mesopotamia on behalf of the Seljuks, Mehmet Onal, an archaeology professor at the Harran University in southeastern Sanliurfa province, told Anadolu Agency.

Nur ad-Din Zengi, who succeeded his father in 1146, ruled for nearly 30 years until the Zengid dynasty was replaced in Syria by the Ayyubids, led by Saladin.

The archaeological discoveries imply that Harran could have been an important medical center throughout history, according to Onal.

Medieval medicine bottle unearthed in SE Turkey
Credit: AA

The head of excavation team also said the medicine was produced and put in these bottles, and it was sold here.

The bottle will be exhibited at Sanliurfa Museum.

Harran, Sanliurfa, currently on UNESCO’s Temporary Heritage List, welcomes thousands of local and international visitors with the world’s first Islamic university and the remnants of the Ulu Mosque, dating back to the 700s in the Umayyad era.

Source: Anadolu Agency [February 16, 2019]



Related articles

Archaeologists long underestimated early hominins

Hominins of the Lower Paleolithic are much more like modern humans than was previously thought. By 300,000 years...

Identifying the portable toilets of the ancient Roman world

New research published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports reveals how archaeologists can determine when a...

Excavation season starts at ancient Xanthos

Excavation work has started for the summer season at one of the six largest cities of the Lycian...

Ontario Pleistocene: The Ice Age Horse Debate

Some of the most interesting finds in archaeology are discovered by amateurs. Jarrod Barker, publisher of, licensed...

Painting of deity found inside 3,000-year-old Egyptian coffin

Three men, one at each end and one at the middle, slowly and gingerly lifted the wooden lid...

Drought reveals ancient ‘hunger stones’ in European river

Due to this summer's drought in Central Europe, boulders known as "hunger stones" are reappearing in the Elbe...

Recording Roman resource exploitation and urban collapse

For hundreds of years, Carthage—the Phoenician city-state in North Africa—flourished, establishing itself as a robust trade empire with...

Protect corridors to save tigers, leopards urge researchers

Research by Clemson University conservation geneticists makes the case that landscape-level tiger and leopard conservation that includes protecting...