GuvercinkayasI excavations shedding light on ancient settlement

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Ongoing excavations at the GuvercinkayasI Tumulus, in Aksaray province, are shedding light on the urban, socioeconomic and sociopolitical life in the Middle Chalcolithic Period (c. 3,500-2,500 B.C.) in Anatolia.

The GuvercinkayasI Tumulus site, which dates back to the Middle Chalcolithic (Copper Age), is located one kilometer to the southwest of Çatalsu Village in Aksaray. An excavation project has been under way at the site since 1996. The excavation is a joint project of the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Istanbul University’s prehistory department. During excavations at the site, a prehistoric settlement was unearthed.

On Tuesday a conference titled “Prehistoric Research in Central Anatolia and GuvercinkayasI” was held by the Archaeology Club of Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University’s health, culture and sports department. Professor Sevil Gulçur from Istanbul University’s prehistory department, who was among the speakers at the conference, explained some details about the GuvercinkayasI excavation. “The architectural elements found at GuvercinkayasI show evidence of design. This settlement reflects a 500-year period of culture with its domestic architectural elements such as cellar compartments, grain elevators and stoves, and with its defense system, all of which were built into rocky terrain,” he said.

When the excavations are complete, the site will be opened to both local and foreign tourists, Gulçur said, adding that new tourism facilities will be set up around the GuvercinkayasI Tumulus to help make it a popular destination.

(CihanToday’s Zaman)