‘Italian Archaeological Project in Eastern Anatolia – Excavations in Arslantepe, Malatya’.
Project by the Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome (RM), Italy.
Arslantepe is a tell consisting of a long sequence of settlements, from the 5th millennium BC to the Byzantine age. The excavation has revolutionized knowledge on the thousands of years of history of the Upper Euphrates Valley, from the formation of the first hierarchical and state societies to the advent of empires. The oldest known building, 4th millennium BC (now a museum), bears witness to the birth of the state; new discoveries suggest the site was an important Hittite centre. Candidate site for the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Project has been active since 1961 and is currently led by Prof. Francesca Balossi Restelli.