Monumental gate complex unearthed in Turkey

Published on August 9th, 2011 | by Admin


Archaeologists in southeastern Turkey have unearthed a 3,000-year-old monumental gate complex adorned with stone sculptures, including a beautifully carved lion.

“The lion is fully intact, approximately 1.3 metres in height and 1.6 metres in length. It is poised in a seated position, with ears back, claws extended and roaring,” says Timothy Harrison, professor of near eastern archaeology in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and director of U of T’s Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP). “A second piece found nearby depicts a human figure flanked by lions, which is an iconic Near Eastern cultural motif known as the Master and Animals. It symbolizes the imposition of civilized order over the chaotic forces of the natural world.”

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Story: Sean Bettam, University of Toronto | Photo: University of Toronto

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