Nerik 2010-2, Oymaagac, Turkey

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Taken the 07/09/10
Now in the fourth year of the archaeological excavations in Oymaagac, we hope for the final proof that this is the Hittite religious center of Nerik. Last year there were some cuneiform inscriptions, mentioning the city of Nerik - a strong indication. This year we had some rain, which made the different colours of the ground very well visible and the different layers of the excavation very clear. One of the excavation areas shows several pits. Especially after rain they are very well visible. It is important to know in which layer they start and how deep they had been dug. Normally the upper layer is younger, and the deeper you dig, the older are the layers. But the pits are artificial made holes which transport younger things into older layers. They had several functions. One was just a hole for rubbish, another one was to store things in it. Sometimes (very rare) the storage pits are undisturbed and the archaeologists can find ancient seeds. Now these seeds have to be examined by palaeobotanics who can tell afterwards which plants the ancient people had cultivated. This kind of storing seeds was in use until recent times, and the older people of the village told us, that the seeds survived up to 40 years in a well prepared pit and still were fertile.

In the 2nd millenium B.C. the Hittites ruled an empire the reached from western Turkey to the borders of Egypt.
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Latitude: 41° 12' 29" N, Longitude: 35° 25' 45" E see »

Location: Turkey

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