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Syriac monastery dated back to 4,000 years

Hurriyet Daily- news wire / Jan 3rd 2010 | 1/3/2010 12:00:00 AM |

A recent lab analysis revealed that the Dayrulzaferan monastery near Mardin has a long history dating back nearly 4,000 years.

A recent lab analysis revealed that the Dayrulzaferan monastery, three kilometers of the east slope of southeastern Mardin city, has a long history dating back nearly 4,000 years, reported Radikal daily.

In an analysis conducted by Anatolia University on samples of bones, soil and stones taken from the Sun Temple showed that the monastery is approximately 3,830 years old. The result has been updated in International Science Literature.

The monastery is founded over the ancient Sun Temple that probably dates back to the days when Mardin was first inhabited.

According to Assistant Professor Niyazi Meriç, an academic from the Engineering Department at Anadolu University, the luminescence method was used to discover the age of the monastery during the work at Luminescence Resources Laboratory.

The Lab previously calculated the age of fault lines along Pamukkale Hierapolis Ancient City near the southwestern city of Denizli.

In a response to the Turkish Historical Society, the Luminescence Resources Laboratory also worked on a cemetery sample, believed to be an Armenian mass cemetery, in Kuru village near the Nusaybin district of Mardin city.  The lab work revealed that these cemeteries were cemeteries of families dating back to 257 and 597 B.C.

According to written historical sources, the Dayrulzafaran monastery used to serve as centre for the Syriac Patriarch between the years 1293 to 1932. It has been serving the Syriac monastery since 5th century A.D. The monastery is still standing near the ancient ruins of Dara city over the main road connecting central Mardin to the Nusaybin district.

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