Iron Age cemetery with Assyrian Empire seals unearthed in Batman, Turkey

BATMAN, Turkey — Archaeological researchers in Turkey made a significant discovery, unearthing a historic cemetery that dates back 3,000 years to the Iron Age. Located on the banks of the Tigris River, in the area commonly referred to as the “Valley of Hell”, this find sheds light on the ancient Assyrian civilization.

This historic site features a collection of rock and earthen tombs, offering a glimpse into the past and the civilization that once thrived here. These burial grounds were constructed along the slopes overlooking the Tigris River, and the journey to reach them on foot stretches some 5 kilometers, with the presence of security personnel for protection.

Excavations have yielded a remarkable array of artifacts, including spears, arrows, daggers, knives, swords, and various war-related items. Intriguingly, over 150 jars containing the cremated remains of the deceased were found, shedding light on ancient burial practices.

Among the most notable discoveries is an Assyrian cylinder seal, which is expected to provide valuable insights into the region’s history and the Assyrian presence in the area. The ongoing work involves both research and restoration and includes the examination of bone samples in laboratories.

This discovery carries significant importance, not only for the region’s archaeological heritage but also for preserving the historical narratives of its people. It reaffirms the longstanding connection between the region and the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.