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A 5,000-Year-Old Seal was Found in Izmir Yassitepe!

In the Yassitepe Tumulus in Izmir’s Bornova district, a 2-compartment box thought to have been placed with a 5,000-year-old seal and jewelry was found. Stating that the seal is extremely rare, Excavation Director Assoc. Dr. Zafer Derin, This artifact in Yassitepe is the second seal unearthed in the coastal Aegean region after Troy. He said there is one example in Troy, and the second one was found here.

Excavations in the Yesilova and Yassitepe mounds continue with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Bornova Municipality and Ege University. Finally, a 5-year-old seal and a 2-compartmented box called ‘Pyxis’ were found in Yassitepe Mount, one of the places where the first people of Izmir lived.

IZMIR’IN BORNOVA ILCESINDEKI YESILOVA HOYUGU’NDE 5 BIN YILLIK MUHUR VE ICINE TAKI VEYA MAKYAJ MALZEMELERININ KONULDUGU ‘PYXIS’ ADI VERILEN 2 BOLMELI KUTU BULUNDU. KAZI BASKANI DOC. DR. ZAFER DERIN, BIR BENZERI KIYI EGE’DE SADECE TROYA KENTINDE OLAN MUHURUN YERLESIMDEKI TICARI FAALIYETI GOSTERDIGINI BULUNAN IKINCI ESER OLAN PYXIS’IN ISE YERLESIMIN SOSYAL YAPISINI ORTAYA KOYDUGUNU BELIRTTI.(FOTO. KADIR OZEN / IZMIR DHA)

Ege University Faculty of Letters, Department of Archeology, Head of Excavation Assoc. Dr. Zafer Derin, This year, we have produced many works from the Neolithic period to the Bronze Age. Finally, we found a very rare artifact. This is a seal. We unearthed it in the first commercial area of ​​the city. A 5,000 year old seal. Made of terracotta. A type of seal carried by hanging around the neck. About 3 centimeters in diameter. Important, extremely rare. It can only happen in commercial areas. We can see them in some settlements such as Troy on the trade routes or in Central Anatolia. This artifact from Yassıtepe is the second seal found in the coastal Aegean region after Troy. One example exists in Troy, and the second was found here. The seal is used in commercial life as it is today. It is used by pressing a dough or clay. He said it is being used to document commercial activity.

Assoc. Dr. Derin stated that the second artifact found reveals the social structure of the settlement, adding that our second artifact is used only in tombs and social structures. It’s a double bowl. The container called ‘Pyxis’ is about 25 centimeters tall. It can be a box in which women keep their rare and valuable items such as jewellery. It emerges as a pot made of terracotta that only private individuals can use,” he said.

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