Ancient city, Urartu palace to be unearthed in Van

Archeological excavations in the eastern province of Van, where the ancient Kingdom of Urartu was located, have resumed, aiming to unearth an ancient 13th-century city as well as an Urartian palace.

Ancient city, Urartu palace to be unearthed in Van

World Bulletin / News Desk

Archeological excavations in the eastern province of Van, where the ancient Kingdom of Urartu was located, have resumed, aiming to unearth an ancient 13th-century city as well as an Urartian palace.

The excavations started at Van Fortress, built by the Iron Age kingdom of Urartu, which lasted from the ninth to the sixth century B.C., by İstanbul University in 2010 and they have been continuing ever since with short breaks. As another break is over now, a team of 120 people, 57 of whom are academics from eight universities across Turkey, have started excavating at three separate sites. Some are excavating at the top of Van Fortress, where an Urartian palace is located, some are excavating in the northern areas of fortress to reveal an ancient city dating back to the 13th century, while some are excavating inside the fortress itself.

Erkan Konyar, an academic from İstanbul University's archeology department, has said that the excavations in 2010 revealed a housing complex belonging to the Kingdom of Urartu, and they hope more historical sites will be completely unearthed during the excavations. “We are continuing our work with great care. We have found warehouses and temples as well as [the Urartu] palace.”

Centered around Lake Van in eastern Turkey, the Urartian Kingdom ruled from the mid-ninth century B.C. until its defeat by the Medes in the early sixth century B.C. The most splendid monuments of the Urartian Kingdom were built in Van since the city was the capital of the kingdom.

Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2012, 17:39
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