Donald Glover responds to rumors he’ll play Lando Calrissian

Other than Alden Ehrenreich’s casting, not much is known about the planned Han Solo spin off movie. But as Solo’s longtime friend and the original owner of the Millennium Falcon, it’s possible Lando Calrissian will appear. Donald Glover has been rumored as the top choice for the role — but he’s being cagey about it.

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Archeologists discover 4,200 yr-old rattle in central Turkey

A 4,200-year-old toy, equivalent to today’s rattle, has been discovered at the Acemhöyük excavation site in Yeşilova, Aksaray. The toy dates back to the early Bronze Age.

Prof. Dr. Aliye Öztan, the excavation leader at the Acemhöyük site in central Turkey, said the rattle toy is one of the most interesting artifacts to be found at Acemhöyük this year. The terra-cotta toy was found in a layer dating back to 2200 BC. It’s shaped like a bag, and probably used to have a handle.

The toy is sealed but has tiny ornaments, probably small pebble stones, inside, which produce a noise when it’s shaken. The 4,200-year-old rattle is one of the oldest examples of today’s plastic toys. Read more.

Church floor found in city of gladiators in western Turkey

A marble church floor has been unearthed during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Stratonikeia, known as the city of gladiators in the western Turkish province of Muğla’s Yatağan district.

Head of the excavations, Professor Bilal Söğüt, said they had discovered new finds at the 3,000-year-old ancient city and structures from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Anatolian Beylics, Ottoman and the Republic periods, which had survived as a whole.

Söğüt said they had so far unearthed a Roman bath, a temple, a Seljuk mosque, a Turkish house and similar structures in the ancient city.

He said excavation works had been mostly carried out in the field known as the Western Street at the site. Read more.