2,300 year old Hittite secret passage found in Turkey

A secret-passageway dating back 2,300 years has been discovered in central Turkey.

At the Alacahoyuk archaeological site in central Turkey, one of the sites of the ancient Hittite settlements, archaeologists excavating a sanctuary that had been discovered two years ago came across the ancient tunnel.

Speaking to , Aykut Cinaroglu, the head of excavations and professor at Ankara University, said the discovery of the secret passageway, known as a potern, is a significant discovery on the site.

A secret-passageway dating back 2,300 years has been discovered in central Turkey.

At the Alacahoyuk archaeological site in central Turkey, one of the sites of the ancient Hittite settlements, archaeologists excavating a sanctuary that had been discovered two years ago came across the ancient tunnel.

Speaking to , Aykut Cinaroglu, the head of excavations and professor at Ankara University, said the discovery of the secret passageway, known as a potern, is a significant discovery on the site.

“We have previously found a cuneiform [form of ancient script] tablet here, featuring a king who explains to priests what to do during ceremonies. This secret tunnel may have a sacred function.”

reports that the world’s first Hittite-era skeleton has potentially been found at the site, too, which is to be explored further in a documentary called ‘Following in the footsteps of history’.