Manisa, Aug 6 () – In Gölmarmara Lake of Turkey’s Aegean province of Manisa, archaeology excavation findings are about to bring to light the late Bronze Age (1600 - 1200 B.C.). The international excavation team consisting of 42 archaeologists from U.S., Europe and Turkey’s universities have been working on the Kaymakçı Hill in the water basin since 2013, following a 10-year-long research process.
One of the eye-catching findings is a large castle unearthed in the Hacıveliler Neighborhood of Gölmarmara, predicted to have hosted ancestors of Lydians. The basis is also known as Seha River Country, according to the Hittite Empire sources dating back to 2000 B.C.
The excavation project is led by Presidents of the excavation Prof Christopher H. Roosevelt and Prof Christina Luke from Koç University Archaeology and History of Art Department, along with Vice President of the project, Prof Sinan Ünlüsoy from Yaşar University Tourism Guiding Department.
“We presume that an ancient town lies underground at a level not-so-deep. The castle appears to be four times larger than the Troy that has existed in the same term. We also predict the site forms the capital of Lydian ancestors- first people to have used coinages in the history- who have not yet been using golden or silver at the terms of Middle Bronze Age and Late Bronze Age” said Roosevelt, Luke and Ünlüsoy.