Ankara, 26 Aug (ONA) --- Archeologists from Italy hailed the decision of adding the 30-meter high Arslantepe Mound in Turkey to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The decision to add the mound in eastern Malatya province, dating back some 8,000 years, was taken last month during the Extended 44th UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s online session in Fuzhou, China.
Italian archaeologists have been carrying out excavation work in the region for about 60 years.
Francesca Balossi Restelli, Head of the excavation work carried out in Arslantepe Mound said that the world’s first palace and the remains of the first state system were discovered in the region.
Restelli added that the world understood the importance of Arslantepe with the recent UNESCO decision.
Prof. Marcella Frangipane, who was previously the head of the excavation in the mound for 30 years said that the site is not only important for the region, but the whole world.
Arlantepe, which means “Lion Hill” has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2014, the Anadolu Agency (AA) news reported.