Recent discoveries

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During the Covid-19 pandemic the museum was not open for visits and all activities were cancelled or postponed till the hazard disappears. Such measures however did not stop us from carrying out several maintenance works on the venue and the exhibits themselves. It also permitted for further research about the objects on display, the graffiti found on the walls and the history of the locality itself.

Two salient discoveries made concerning the site of the museum were considered also important to tell us more about the site and its environs in history. The first was the finding of a projectile and a zoomorphic figurine dated to an age between the paleolithic or mesolithic age (c. 12,000 – 7,000 BC) and the early neolithic. The projectile, which could be an arrow-head or a spear-head is indicative of human activity on site, such as hunting or even defense of the group from any enemy or creature. The zoomorphic figure, resembling more some kind of livestock, or zoomorphic deity, is witness to the artistic expression of the community then occupying or inhabiting the site.

Another discovery at the museum venue concerned a graffito found at the museum’s main hall. The figure which was already classified as Ottoman was analysed closely. An in depth look at the details of the attire worn and weapons carried, classified this figure as representative of an Ottoman Solak (janissary archer) who was stationed at the house during the 1565 Great Siege.