3500-Year-Old 'Ceramic Kiln' Found in Aydın Tepecik Mound
31.08.2021 / Agenda

Excavations in Tepecik Mound, which is located among olive trees and corn fields on the Çine Plain, have been carried out by Prof. Dr. Sevinç Günel of Hacettepe University Archeology Department.

During the 17-year excavations in the mound, 3 towers, the room that contains the items used by the rulers of the period for official visits, and the furnace were unearthed, while obsidian used in tool making at that time was also found.

Making a statement to the AA correspondent, Günel stated that there was an uninterrupted life in the region dating back 7,500 years.

Noting that they found traces of life from every period in the mound, Günel emphasized that this proved that the region was a strong economic center in its geography.

Noting that they were talking about a settlement dating back to the Chalcolithic period (5000-3000 BC), Günel said that during this year's excavations, they identified an area where ceramics, which are important in the trade of the city, were produced.

Prof. Dr. Günel continued:

"The area we are working on has architectural remains and finds dating back 3,500 years. Therefore, we think it is a ceramic kiln because we found it with the findings. There are pieces of ceramic on its floors and there is a hard filled mudbrick floor. There are also pots around it. The pots are mass-produced. "We have examples of this.

"The area we are working on has architectural remains and finds dating back 3,500 years. Therefore, we think it is a ceramic kiln because we found it with the findings. There are pieces of ceramic on its floors and there is a hard filled mudbrick floor. There are also pots around it and they are mass-produced. It will become clearer as it spreads over a wide area in the coming days, and we will reach clearer results when we reveal it together with the containers."

Emphasizing that the ceramic kiln covers an area of 3 meters for now, Günel stated that they will try to see the dimensions of the trade in the region with the findings they will obtain from now on.

A warehouse also has been found

Stating that they found a warehouse 20 meters away from the area, Günel said, "We found broken pieces of jars and vessels containing products together. However, it was heavily damaged. The reason for this was the flood at that time. We clean the broken containers in the area we describe."

Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Umut Tuncer also stated that Tepecik Mound is a point of interest and stated that this is the point where trade first started in Aydın.