4 000-year-old smi­ley found in an­cient burial cham­ber

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AR­CHAE­OL­O­GISTS work­ing on a site in south­ern Tur­key have made an un­ex­pected dis­cov­ery: a 4 000-year-old smi­ley face, drawn on a jug.

For the last seven years, a team of Turk­ish and Ital­ian ar­chae­ol­o­gists have been ex­plor­ing a site on the Turk­ishSyr­ian bor­der, which was once home to Karkem­ish, an an­cient Hit­tite city, but they have never en­coun­tered such an ob­ject be­fore, Ni­colo Marchetti of Bologna Univer­sity, who led the ex­ca­va­tion, told re­porters.

“The smil­ing face is un­doubt­edly there – there are no other traces of paint­ing on the flask – and it has no par­al­lels in an­cient ce­ramic art of the area,” he said.

Sev­eral an­cient arte­facts used for pre­par­ing and eat­ing food and drink more than 4 000 years ago were un­earthed this year, Marchetti said.

The un­usual pitcher fea­tures a short thin neck, wide body and small han­dle. Found in a burial cham­ber, it was thought to have been used for a sweet sher­bet-like drink. – The In­de­pen­dent

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