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Archaeologists Unearth Large Human Sculpture In Southeast Turkey, by April Flowers

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At the Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP) excavation site in Turkey, archaeologists have unearthed two new and exciting sculptures. One is a large, semi-circular column base, ornately decorated on one side and the other is a beautiful and colossal human sculpture. These cultural treasures are both from a monumental gate complex that provided access to the upper citadel of Kunulua, capital of the Neo-Hittite Kingdom of Patina that existed from approximately 1000 -- 738 BC. 'These newly discovered Ta'yinat sculptures are the product of a vibrant local Neo-Hittite sculptural tradition,' said Professor Tim Harrison, the Ta'yinat Project director and professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in the University of Toronto's Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. 'They provide a vivid glimpse into the innovative character and sophistication of the Iron Age cultures that emerged...

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