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