Stone Age Inns to be Examined by French Archaeologists

French archaeologists have applied to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Arts to excavate an area in the Black Sea province of Samsun’s Tekkeköy district where a number of Stone Age inns were uncovered.

Photo: Ancient Origins
Photo: Ancient Origins

By April Holloway
Ancient Origins
June 20, 2013

According to a scientific study, the inns were used by Stone Age people who lived between 60,000 and 10,000 BC and their presence has attracted archaeologists and tourists alike.

“The area of the inns was desolate but it was very important for the world. This is an area of 3,060 square meters, where the first of mankind had live.” Said Hayati Tekin, mayor of Tekkeköy.  “After the cleaning, many inns came out. There were three buildings used as homes before, around the inns. These houses are turned into museums of eras.”

Landscaping work carried out with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism by the Samsun Museum Directory has been undertaken in order to transform the houses, inns and surrounding grounds into a museum and picnic area and it has since been attracting tourists from around the world. 

Once French archaeologists are given permission to excavate, work will begin immediately but could take as long as 30 to 50 years to uncover all the area has to offer and enlighten the history of mankind.