Ankara

Apollo and the rats

I do not know whether the inhabitants of Gülpinar know they are stepping on the ruins of an ancient city whose story is related to the small creatures that have brought havoc to their area since early antiquity: farm mice, the sminthos.

Tablet about payment of donkey debt discovered in Kültepe believed to be oldest trade document

Archaeologists working on the Kültepe-Kaniş-Karum trade colony in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri have discovered a trade document believed to be the world’s oldest.

Ankara University Archaeology Department academic and the head of the excavations, Professor Fikri Kulakoğlu, said the artifact mentioned the payment of a “donkey debt.”

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