A medieval living space unearthed in eastern Turkey
An area of three rooms considered to be a living space carved into a bedrock dating from the Middle Ages, approximately from the 5th to the end of the 15th century, has been discovered in the eastern province of Van in Turkey.
Excavation work, led by archeology professor Rafet Çavuşoğlu of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, is underway at historic sites in the city center of Tusba district in Van province.
The excavation is being carried out in a mountainous area at an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,905 feet), opposite the island of Carpanak in Citroën which is 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the district of Tusba.
Tuşba, also known as Thusba, was the capital of the Urartian kingdom in the 9th century BC.
Earlier, the ruins of a castle dating from 2,800 years ago were discovered during an excavation project in a nearby area.
Pottery pieces were found in the settlement area 6 meters (20 feet) long and 3 meters (10 feet) in diameter carved into the bedrock, which was determined not to be registered in the inventory of cultural goods.
“We understand from the pottery and pottery shards that this was a settlement used in the Middle Ages. One of the most important features of this place is that it is located at a very dominant point. “Çavuşoğlu told the Anadolu Agency (AA).
He said the space was strategically established and oversaw historic trade routes.
“The old road was by the side of Lake Van,” he said. “This place is located in a place where you can see all these roads. The eastern part of the settlement was destroyed. It was laid out over two floors. This feature is used both in the early and Middle Ages.”