7800 year old figurine found in Izmir region

(ORDO NEWS) — Most likely, the clay figurine was used in various rituals designed to help increase abundance and fertility. As a rule, such artifacts are found broken, and the number of artifacts found is generally quite small. This is the third work ever found intact.

With the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, the Kemalpaşa Municipality and the Kemalpaş Organized Industrial Zone, excavations also began this year at Izmir’s oldest settlement, Ulucak Hoyuk, which is 8,850 years old.

In 2009, the excavation was led by Prof. Dr. Özlem Çevik, Faculty of Letters, Protohistory and Near Eastern Archeology, Trakya University, and the first find of this year was found during work on the burial mound.

Previous excavations have shown that the first farmers of the Aegean region lived on the Ulukak mound; It turned out that the first settlers built their houses on top of each other along the 7.5-meter cultural layer and settled in the same place for 1150 years without a break.

Ulucak Mound, located in the Ulucak district of Kemalpasa County on the 15th km of the Bornova-Ankara road, was the location of one of the oldest settlements in Western Anatolia and illuminates the cultural history both with its architectural structure and with the finds found there.

Excavations have unearthed a large number of ceramic pots, sandstone tools, stone tools, mother goddess figurines and anthropomorphic pots, some of which are on display at the Izmir Archaeological Museum.

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