Turkish scientists ascertained history of three temples in southeastern province of Mardin by using "Thermoluminescence" Dating method.
Ages of three temples; Deyr Ul Zafaran Monastry, Zindan and Mor Yakup Church in Mardin could be determined by analysing pieces of bones, stones and soil in laboratory.
It was revealed that the temples were made 3830 years ago.
Niyazi Meric, Lecturer of Ankara University Engineering Faculty Department of Physics Engineering, told A.A. correspondent that they examined the soil sample taken from Deyr Ul Zafaran Monastry and determined that age of the soil dated back 3830 years ago.
Meric said they also took samples from a structure publicly known as Zindan which was made up of face stones. He said the analysis showed that construction date of the structure was 448 A.C.
Meric said Mor Yakup Church in Nusaybin town of Mardin was determined to be constructed in 7th Century A.C., but later restored.
Last Mod: 02 Ocak 2010, 12:59
Thermoluminescence dating is the use of heat on archeological or geological samples to produce a light signal that is proportional to an accumulated radiation dose. It is used to date rocks, minerals and ceramics for dates between approximately 300 to 10,000 B.P. (before present).