Cover Photo, Karahantepe Turkey
New Karahantepe settlement may be older than Göbeklitepe in Turkey
Speaking at the 10th International Resort Tourism Congress on Thursday, Culture and Tourism Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that an intensive and rapid excavation program continues in Karahantepe. Ersoy said the teams will uncover a settlement that belongs to the Neolithic period, according to the first studies, in their next work.
“Göbeklitepe has a history of 12,000 years. Our new settlement in Karahantepe will be older. The comprehensive works will be sustained in the site under the supervision of professor Necmi Karul, the head of the excavation team, next year. We will probably have a new discovery that will make an overwhelming impression on the world again after Göbeklitepe,” he said.
China Focus: 5,000-year-long Chinese civilization verified
BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhua) — Chinese civilization has been verified as having existed for at least 5,000 years by a comprehensive investigation into the origin and early development of Chinese civilization, Guan Qiang, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) said on Monday.
The investigation began in 2001 with fourth stage completed in 2016.
“Years of large-scale excavations in the ruins of Liangzhu in east China’s Zhejiang Province, the Taosi site in north China’s Shanxi Province, the Shimao site in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, and the Erlitou site in central China’s Henan Province have provided proof,” said Wang Wei, who works on the project.
On the basis of scientific summary of field archaeology achievements scored in China over the past 90 years, the research team carried out multidisciplinary studies ranging over social division of labor, class differentiation, central cities and compulsory power so as to present prominent features that define the dawn of a civilized society in ancient China, said Guan.