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5,000-year-old toys found in southern Turkey

Bronze Age toys have been found in a tomb in southeastern Turkey.

Archaeologists say they have discovered a 5,000-year-old toy chariot and rattle while digging in Turkey, giving a rare and fascinating glimpse into how children in the Bronze Age used to play. The items were discovered as part of ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Sogmatar in the south east of the country.

Thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the world, Sogmatar is also believed to be where Moses fled in Biblical times after escaping Egypt. Archaeological digs began in the area – 80km (50 miles) from the city of ?anl?urfa – in May 2017 and have uncovered several tombs, including one containing the toys.

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Story: Paul Wright, IBT| Photo: YouTube/Anadolu Agency

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