Older than Egyptian pyramids: 5,500-year-old ruins found in Turkey

(ORDO NEWS) — Experts have discovered 28 tombs, as well as the ruins of four houses at the archaeological site of Arslantepe, which is located in the ancient city of Meliddu in eastern Turkey. The tombs were examined not only by local, but also by Italian archaeologists.

They noted that their age is approximately 1000 years. The ruins turned out to be too old – they may be more than 5500 years old. It is reported by the Daily Sabah.

Arslantepe has been used as a settlement for a long time. In the 5-6th century AD, it was a Roman village, and after a while it turned into a Byzantine necropolis.

During excavations in this region, experts found the very first drainage line in the world. Also a very incredible find was a palace built of adobe bricks. Additionally, over two thousand different seals were discovered.

The next excavations were started just a couple of weeks ago. Only 55 people took part in them. Associate Professor Francesca Balossi Restelli, after the new finds, said that the inclusion of the area in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage was the most correct decision.

Experts believe that many artifacts of different ages will still be able to be found in Arslantepe, as excavations will continue towards the inner parts of the discovered houses.


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