3500-year-old grape seed remains found in Denizli

3500-year-old grape seed remains found in Denizli

During the excavations at Aşağıseyit Mound in Çal district of Denizli, the remains of grape seeds, which are estimated to be 3,500 years old, were discovered.

In the mound, which is estimated to have been inhabited since the Copper Age as a result of surface surveys in Aşağıseyit Neighborhood in Çal district of Denizli, the team headed by Izmir Democracy University Archaeology Department Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erim Konakçı continues excavation works.

Among the finds reached by the excavation team this year, the remains of grape seeds dating back 3,500 years stand out.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Konakçı told reporters in the mound area that the mound was used from the Chalcolithic period until the Roman period and had the appearance of a castle.

3500-year-old grape seed

Pointing out that the findings of the excavations show the Hellenistic and Roman periods and the late Bronze Age phases, Konakçı said, “We have reached layers dating back to 1600 BC. We know from surface surveys that the mound dates back to the late Chalcolithic period. We also know that the settlement was inhabited in the Early Bronze Age and Late Bronze Age. We expect these layers to be reached in the excavations that will continue in the coming years.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Konakçı stated that during the excavations, they identified two phases of the Late Bronze Age dated between the 12th and 16th centuries BC, and that they found spaces, hearths and ovens belonging to these periods, and noted that the findings were also evaluated by archaeozoologists and archaeobotanists.

3500-year-old grape seed

Stating that they obtained information about the seed types and plant species used in the region both in the Hellenistic period and the Late Bronze Age, Konakçı said, “We obtained data that barley and wheat were consumed. One grape seed was found. It provided new information about the consumption of grapes in these regions in the 1500s BC. We already know that there was an intensive grape consumption and winemaking activity in Western Anatolia and Central Anatolia. We know that grapes played an important role in inter-regional trade. The fact that such a finding was obtained in Çal showed us that it is at a point compatible with the general character of Western Anatolia or Anatolia.”

Çal Mayor Fethi Akcan stated that the district, which is one of the leading centers in viticulture, has preserved this power since ancient times and that the discovery of 3,500-year-old grape seeds is exciting.

“We have once again seen how valuable the region is in terms of tourism. Hopefully, we will open the region to tourism after the excavation works are completed.”


3500-year-old grape seed remains found in Denizli

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