Published: December 24, 2012
What Lies Beneath: Hidden Discoveries of Turkey and Egypt
It's been a fantastic year for archaeology: archaeologists in south-eastern Turkey made a chance discovery in August 2012 as they excavated a site near the city of Mardin in the Kiziltepe district.
The dig enjoyed early success when the team unearthed a toy cart diligently carved from stone, complete with two wheels and a working axis. Archaeologist Mesut Alp confirmed his suspicions that the cart dates back to the Stone Age, making it at least 7,500 years old and proving an early knowledge of the wheel. Following the discovery of the cart, the team also found several fully functional whistles between 5,000 and 6,000 years old.
Spurred on by their success, the archaeologists went on to unearth something completely unique to the region. Several theatrical masks of Roman origin were discovered at the site, reportedly the first of their kind to be discovered on Turkish soil.
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