Archaeologists discovered remains of numerous granaries dating back 3500 years back to the Bronze Age, at the Kaymakçı settlement near Gölmarmara, Manisa province, Turkey.
The site at Kaymakçı is considered as the largest early Bronze Age settlement in the delta of the Gediz river. It covers the area of nearly 8 hectares, covered with the remains of a fortified building, possibly a castle, and houses. Researchers believe the settlement to be a very big one as for the time it was created, as it is reported being even four times bigger than the settlement at the site of the ancient city of Troy in the Northwestern province of Çanakkale. During recent years of excavations archaeologists managed to uncover remain of the houses and countless round-shaped and huge-size granaries. Most of them were emptied when the settlement was abandoned, but they still contain some particles, identified as barley, wheat, and grape seeds. However a full granary has not been found yet. The remains of fortifications encompass two areas. One of them is an inner fort surrounded with walls. Other, smaller fortified buildings have been located along the road leading to the settlement – they are believed to have been protecting the commercial roads in the region during the Bronze Age.
(after Hurriyet Daily News)