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Harran rises once more with dig

Aug-01-2012 at 11:06 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 08/01/2012 at 11:07 PM (UTC3 Assyria)
Müslüm Ercan, curator of Şanlıurfa Museum, says the project aims to recover historical remnants. AA photos.
Harran rises once more with dig
by ŞANLIURFA - Anatolia News Agency. July 26, 2012.

The excavations at Harran are revealing the remnants of the world’s first Islamic university. Harran, one of the oldest settlements in the world, was once was the capital city of Assyria and Umayyads

The remains of the world’s first Islamic university will be restored in Harran, one of the oldest settlements in the world, and once the capital city of the Assyrian and Umayyad empires.

Müslüm Ercan, curator of Şanlıurfa Museum, told Anatolia news agency that they had initiated a project to revive the historical remnants and conduct excavation works in many areas in Harran. The town of Harran has been a settlement since the 6th Century B.C.

Of particular interest is a 1 km section of the 4 km long historical ramparts. “With the efforts of Provincial Special Administration and other institutions I hope Harran will return to how it was in the old days,” Ercan said, adding that the restoration works were progressing rapidly and 150 square meters of the rampart fields had been cleaned so far.

“We think that with the preparatory works, the height from the main body to the upmost level of the ramparts will be 12 meters. After the excavation works in 1 km of these ramparts, we will be able to conduct the rest of the restorations with the indications found, and visitors will have a chance to see the magnificence of the remnants of the ramparts belonging to Umayyads.”

Head of the archeology department at Harran University Assistant Professor Mehmet Önal, Harran University instructor İrem Öğütle, archeologist at the Directorate of Museums, Nedim Dervişoğlu, other archeology students and 29 workers are participating in the excavation works, which are being supported by the Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay.

“We are conducting a rapid and scientific excavation, the restoration work will be let out and visitors will see a magnificent rampart. Culture Minister Günay has made a great contribution to the initiation of the excavations. He cares about Harran. After the excavations, I hope we will also begin with works for Harran Mosque and İç Kale,” said Ercan.

The team is planning to exhibit the artifacts found in the region at the Şanlıurfa Museum of Archeology.

Hot weather

Ercan said that as the area was located in one of the hottest provinces in Turkey, the weather conditions made it hard to work in the summer season. The works are therefore being conducted early in the morning.

“It is nearly 45 degrees Celsius in Harran, but people are still working in the excavation fields. It is hard to work under these conditions, but we care about Harran,” Ercan said.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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