Ancient stamp dating to 5,000 BC unearthed in Harran

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Excavations in the Harran district of Şanlıurfa have uncovered a stamp dating back to 4,000-5,000 B.C., said the excavation leader on Saturday, reported the Anatolia news agency.

Harran excavation team leader Nurettin Yardımcı said the excavations have been ongoing since 1983 and that recent work in the area has focused on the Harran tumulus and Ulu Cami as well as the Neolithic settlement of Tellidris.

“Our work has indicated that the first inhabitants of Harran lived in Tellidris, dating back to around 8,000 B.C. We found some stamps with different shapes and motifs as well as a bull figure dating back to 6,000 B.C. in last year's excavations. The findings showed that the people of Harran and Tellidris lived together around 9,000-10,000 years ago and that the people in Tellidris abandoned it and moved to the Harran tumulus area in later years,” he said.

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