ARCHAEOLOGY > Holy Hittite city being unearthed in northern Turkey

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Samsun’s Oymaağaç village in the Veziköprü district is the holy Hittite city of Nerik, according to archaeologists who have been working in the area for eight years. The head of the excavations, German archaeologist Rainer Czichon says cuneiform tablets found in the region prove this fact

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The gaol of the excavations in Oymaağaç village is to prove that it is the holy city of the Hittite, which is Nerik.

The gaol of the excavations in Oymaağaç village is to prove that it is the holy city of the Hittite, which is Nerik.

Archaeological excavations have been ongoing for eight years in the village of Oymaağaç of Vezirköprü district in the northern province of Samsun, aiming to unearth the holy Hittite city of Nerik. The head of the excavations, German archaeologist Associate Professor Rainer Czichon said that works in Oymaağaç had started in 2005 and this year’s excavations had now ended.

Czichon said that they had carried out surface survey during the first two years, and then started excavations. “Our goal is to prove that Oymaağaç is the holy city of the Hittite, which is Nerik. “We already know that this region is a Hittite settlement. We have found cuneiform tablets that will prove that this place is Nerik. There are scriptures about Nerik in four cuneiform tablets that we found this year. There is a part named ‘Tahanga’ in two of the tablets. Tahanga is a section in Nerik’s ‘god of air’ temple. This is a strong proof that Oymaağaç is Nerik. We are sure for 95 percent,” Czichon said.

He said that besides cuneiform tablets, there were also seal impressions in the excavation area, adding, “They belong to a clerk. This is normal in Hattusa but we are in the very northern part of the Hittite Empire. This is extraordinary for the region. For us, it is very important of the people who lived in this era. Because what they thought, what they did, what they talked about and their lifestyle will shed light on our work.”

Czichon said that this year excavations continued in the temple of the god of air, and added, “We found at last three temples built on each other. Also, for the first time, we found floor in a building. It is important because we previously found the yards but could not reach the floors.”

He said that the excavations works were joined by archaeologists, philologists, geologists, architects, anthropologists and zoo archaeologists from all around the world. “An international team of nearly 40 people come to Turkey every summer for three months and search Turkey’s history,” he said.


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Cem Arda

10/12/2013 11:31:54 PM

I hope that german head of the excavations don't do what the greatest german thief heinrich schliemann, maltese thief frank calvertone, french dentist thief jean bari once did.

chuck maki

10/12/2013 8:27:40 PM

all of you guys might want to read the small book - "a brief history of Ankara" by Toni M. Cross and Gary Leiser. Both have Ph.D. degrees...best wishes to all.

Turk Uzan

10/12/2013 7:41:16 PM

@ Peter Lambson, Another ignorant comment, not so surprisingly. Anatolia has been called Turkey, Turkiye, Turchia for a LONG time now. It's the name of the land and nation whether you like it or not. E.g. if the English talk about the Celts and vikings that once lived in England they are talking about the history of England, regardless whether the name was used back in the day or not. But the MOST Ironic part of your comment is the fact that it was HATTI/HATTUSA not Anatolia at the time

Mike Newman

10/12/2013 7:39:49 PM

The word "Anatolia" is the corrupted version of the actual Turkish word "Anadolu." Europeans has invented the name "Asia Minor" for its ancient era. Who knows what Hittites and their contemporaries called it. But there is always someone under the name either "Peter Lambson" or something else who is itching to correct a minor a mistake by another with an injection of anti-Turkishness.

Peter Lambson

10/12/2013 11:08:09 AM

"Turkey’s history?" He must have meant "Anatolia's history"-- the Turks didn't even arrive there until the 11th century AD.
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