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Did an ancient civilization drive tanks across Turkey 14 MILLION years ago? This academic thinks so…

A Russian academic has claimed that an ancient civilisation drove giant all-terrain vehicles across Earth millions of years ago – and that the tracks are still visible today. Geologist Dr Alexander Koltypin believes that mysterious groove-like markings in the Phrygian Valley of central Turkey were made by an intelligent race between 12 and 14 million years ago. ‘We can suppose that ancient vehicles on wheels were drove on soft soil, maybe a wet surface,’ he said. Scroll down for video  Joy riding little green men? Dr Alexander Koltypin believes that groove-like…

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MYSTERIES 

Archaeologists Unearth Marble Head of Medusa at Roman Ruins in Turkey

Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed a marble head of Medusa, the legendary gorgon from Greek mythology with snakes in place of hair who could turn any person to stone with just her gaze.  The ancient relic was discovered in the 2,000-year-old archaeological ruins of Antiochia ad Cragum on Mount Cragus in Anatolia, Turkey. Live Science reports that the head of Medusa was not part of a statue, but was likely incorporated into the pediment of a building, which is believed to have been a small temple. The marble head of…

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4,000-Year-Old Hidden Tunnel Discovered in Ancient Castle in Turkey

Excavations being carried out at Geval Castle in Central Anatolia, Turkey, have revealed a secret tunnel that had been built by the Hittites about 4,000 years ago.  Around 150 meters of the tunnel, which had been closed off with a vault, have been investigated so far. Geval Castle sits on the peak of Takkel Mountain at an altitude of 1,700 meters, just 7 kilometers west of Konya, the seventh most populous city in Turkey, and once home to many civilizations during the Hittite, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Karamanids and Ottoman…

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Infamous Gate to Hell Found in Turkey, Where It Continues to Breathe Its Deathly Air

Missing for centuries, a storied gate to hell was recently uncovered, where poisonous air still breathes out of a cavern where priests once worshiped the gods of the underworld. Known as Pluto’s Gate, or Ploutonion in Greek, the entry to the land of the dead was discovered in southwestern Turkey by a group of Italian archeologists. Its excavation was announced earlier this month, with remains of its temple, pool, and steps leading down to the ceremonial cave all matching historical stories about the infamous “gate to hell.” Priests in trippy trances from the…

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Archaeologists Uncover 8,000-Year-Old Goddess Figurine in Central Turkey

Earlier this year, a team of archaeologists digging at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, in the Turkish region of Anatolia, made a stunning find. The figurine, carved out of limestone dating to between 6300 and 6000 B.C., stands out not only for the material and quality—artifacts previously discovered at the site had been sculpted of clay, and were seriously deformed by the time they were foun—but also for the craftsmanship. Though such figurines are traditionally associated with goddesses of fertility, the researchers believe it could also represent an elderly, influential…

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ARCHAELOGY 

2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Uncovered In Turkey Before Being Lost To Flooding

We usually write about new contemporary artists at Bored Panda, but these fascinating discoveries recently made by a team of archeologists in the Turkish city of Zeugma has given us the opportunity to witness the unveiling of Greek and Roman art that hasn’t been seen in thousands of years. The site caught the attention of the international archaeological community when it was threatened by flooding due to the construction of a nearby dam in southern Turkey in 2000. When a team of archaeologists led by Professor Kutalmış Görkay of Ankara…

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OTHER 

Extensive Ancient Underground Network Discovered From Scotland to Turkey

Stone Age man created a massive network of underground tunnels criss-crossing Europe from Scotland to Turkey, a new book on the ancient superhighways has claimed. German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch said evidence of the tunnels has been found under hundreds of Neolithic settlements all over the continent. In his book – Secrets Of The Underground Door To An Ancient World – he claims the fact that so many have survived after 12,000 years shows that the original tunnel network must have been enormous. ‘In Bavaria in Germany alone we have…

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