Cave paintings found in southern Turkey date back to the prehistoric era
Archaeologists announced the discovery of 10 cave paintings in the southern city of Mersin on Friday and said they dated back about 8,000 years ago.
The paintings discovered in a cave in the city’s Gülnar district were almost fully intact, scientists said at a press conference.
The discovery sheds light on the prehistoric period of the region formerly known as Cilicia. Professor Murat Durukan of Mersin University and Associate Professor Serdar Girginer of Çukurova University, two archeologists that worked in the excavation, told reporters the primitive cave paintings were the continuation of findings of similar rock art on the ancient Latmos Mountains in western Turkey, and showed that the parietal art was confined to Latmos or other places in western and southwestern Turkey. Read more.