A 3000-year-old statue of a female was discovered at the site of Kunulua, also known as Tayinat, in South-East Turkey. The site was the capital of the Iron Age Neo-Hittite Kingdom of Patina. The statue is believed to be an image of one of the Hittite goddesses.
Researchers analysing the DNA of members of Europe’s first literate Bronze Age societies of Minoans (c. 2600 to 1100 BC) and Mycenaeans (c. 1700 to 1050 BC), revealed the origins of these populations. It turned out that ancestors of both civilisations were populations from Neolithic Western Anatolia and Greece, and that Minoans had deep roots in the Aegean.
Analysis of skeletal remains from the site of Göbekli Tepe, Turkey, considered as world’s oldest temple, revealed cutting marks and holes on skulls, believed to be connected with Neolithic rituals.
Ancient sarcophagus, depicting the Twelve Labors of Hercules, smuggled out of Turkey in the 1960s is to be returned by Switzerland after a decision from Swiss prosecutors.
Examination of a relief accidentally found in the Nevruz Forest, Elazığ, in Turkey’s Eastern Anatolia, is said to set back the region’s history back a full 1,000 years more than originally believed. The find is believed to date back 4000 years.
Excavations at Laodicea, an ancient city located near Eskihisar, Denizli province of Turkey, revealed a 100-metre long agora covering the area of 35000 square metres.
Archaeological sites are believed to be among affected areas due to Turkish heavy equipment bulldozing large areas of land by the Tigris River in North Syria’s territory near Ein Diwar village.
Excavations at the ancient city of Dascylium, Balıkesir province, West Turkey, unearthed a 2600 years old kitchen. The ancient city was once part of Kingdom of Lydia in Anatolia.
Archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Theos, located near Seferihisar in Turkey’s İzmir province, discovered a 2200-year-old inscription, thought to be the most comprehensive rental agreement in Anatolian history.
Archaeologists discovered a 2200-year-old ancient burial chamber from the Paphlagonian Era in Turkey’s northern Kastamonu province – first of a kind in the area.
Excavations of German archaeologists at the site of Bassetki, near Dohuk in the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan, Iraq, revealed a 3000-years-old Bronze Age settlement.
Archaeologists discovered an inn complex during excavations in the ancient city of Assos, Çanakkale province, north-western Turkey. The complex was known from mentions in the ancient sources, but its location was so far unknown.
The site of the Kanlıtaş mound near İnönü, Eskişehir province, western Turkey, revealed cereal that is believed to be 8000 years old. These are one of the oldest grain samples ever to be found in Anatolia.
A Neolithic female figurine was discovered during excavations at the fameous Çatalhöyük site in central Anatolia, Turkey. The statue is dated to about 8000-5500 BC.
A skeleton dated to the Hittite period marks this seasons’ second important discovery at the ancient ruins of the Hittite city at Alacahöyük in Anatolian province of Çorum, Turkey. The skeleton marks the first Hittite-era individual discovered in the region.
A 2100-year-old statue of the mother goddess Cybele was discovered during excavations at the Kurul Kalesi, or the Council Fortress, site in Turkey’s north-western Ordu province by the Black Sea coast.
Excavations at the the Copper Age settlement near the village Pazardzhik, southern Bulgaria, dated back to the circa 4500-4600 BC revealed a golden bead.
Latest research shows that late Stone Age hunter-gatherer communities spent time working out the basics of farming on the fertile lands of what is now Turkey before taking this knowledge migrating to Europe as gene material gathered among burials of early European settlers and early farmers in Central Turkey shows resemblance.
Excavations at the ancient lost city of Pteria, located near the village of Şahmuratlı in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat, Turkey, come to a stop as the remains are fully unearthed. The site is home to many remarkable historical treasures.
Numerous cave paintings dating back some 8000 years have been found in Baltalıın and İnkaya caves, located five kilometres apart, in the Balıkesir province in Turkey.