Some 24,000 ancient trade documents have been discovered in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, known as Turkey's city of trade, according to the city's mayor, Mehmet Özhaseki.
Checks and bills dating back 6,000 years were discovered in excavations in Kayseri, Özhaseki said while attending the 15th Antalya
Industrialist and Businessmen’s meeting today.
"Trade is traditionally crucial for us. The clans who lived in this city 6,000 years ago founded trade colonies and exchanged goods with people traversing Mesopotamia. Generally pots … sculptures or artwork are discovered in excavations in other parts of Anatolia, but all the discoveries made in Kayseri were of lots of bills, invoices, checks,” he said. “They are all about trade – sales, repo, rates [and more]."