What's Buried Beneath the 5,000-Year-Old Mound of Soğmatar?

Soğmatar is an important historical site in SE Anatolia, a favourite of the late Chuck Appleton of the CF-Apps7865 channel and only now am I understanding why he believed this site to be so important to history.

It flourished from the 2nd century BC to 3rd century AD but the region has a history going back to at least the Chalcolithic times. Recent excavations have uncovered a 5,000-year-old clay children's toy, with moving wheels but most of the discoveries have come from the tombs that surround the large central mound.


This mound is a hoyuk, an artificial mound, which means there is certainly something underneath. So what's buried beneath the artificial mound of Soğmatar? Is it an ancient temple, a pyramid, a ziggurat or a settlement?


Find from the mound include Chalcolithic and Bronze Age pottery so whatever is hiding underneath likely has a truly ancient origin. But just how old could Soğmatar be and what's lying beneath? In this episode of Ancient Architects, I explore the options.


All images are taken from Google Images or educational purposes only.

Drone footage is supplied by Dakota Wint of the Dakota of Earth channel.

Matt Sibson
Ancient Architects