Excavation work on the Oylum Höyük (mound), which is situated on the zero level on the Syrian border, continues with a crew of 20 folks, together with six lecturers. This work was initiated in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Gaziantep University, Kilis Governorate and Kilis Municipality.
Professor Atilla Engin, the top of the excavation crew and the dean of Tourism Faculty of Gaziantep University and the top of the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters on the identical college, advised Anadolu Agency (AA) that findings unearthed because of excavation work in latest years shed gentle on the historical past of the area.
Indicating that works in Oylum Höyük are the longest-running excavation challenge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region and that the excavations have been going on for greater than three many years, Engin said that they primarily analysis the layers relationship again to the Iron Age and Bronze Age.
According to Engin, Oylum Höyük is likely one of the most necessary mound settlements in each the Southeastern Anatolia area and Turkey. The work carried out right here has revealed a monumental palace construction belonging to the primary interval of the Middle Bronze Age and privy signets and seal impressions and two clay cuneiform tablets relationship again to the second interval of the Middle Bronze Age and Late Bronze Age. Indicating that Oylum Höyük was an necessary administrative middle, Engin stated: “All this has left no room for doubt that Oylum Höyük was a significant kingdom middle at the very least in the Bronze Ages.”
Engin additionally stated that the invention of monumental constructions such because the palace and epigraphic written paperwork has begun to put Oylum Höyük in a distinct and necessary place in the historical past of the area in latest years.
Expressing that the area is an inter-regional crossing level as it’s situated in a geography the place the Anatolian plateau ends and the Syrian plains start, Engin famous: “As a results of excavations and findings, Oylum Höyük has come to be a vital middle that helps in enriching the Kilis Museum in addition to revealing the cultural historical past of the area. In gentle of those findings, we expect that Oylum Höyük is the middle often known as Ulisim/Ullis in 3000 B.C. and talked about as Kuilzila or Ukulzat in Hittite and Egyptian paperwork in 2000 B.C. This city-kingdom should be a town or capital of the nation known as Nuhasse in written paperwork.”
Kilis Culture and Tourism Director Cuma Özdemir said that the work carried out has revealed that the area is likely one of the largest settlements in the previous. Emphasizing that Kilis is a town inside the geography of the “Fertile Crescent,” Özdemir recalled that the area is a wealthy space in phrases of historical past and geography.
Özdemir added that necessary artifacts have been dropped at the Kilis Museum because of excavations which were going on for practically three many years.