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Asagi Pinar



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Type:
Mound
Altitude:
130 m
Diameter:
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Region:
Marmara
Province:
Kirklareli
District:
Merkez
Village:
Merkez


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Visited - 12/6/2000

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Location: The site lies south of the city of Kirklareli; on east side of Asibeyli village road; across the slaughterhouse of the town. It was discovered during the survey around Thrace and Marmara Region conducted by M. ÷zdogan; and published as Salhane in 1980. The mound is also cited as Kirklareli HŲyŁgŁ in some publications [÷zdogan et al. 1997b:53].
Geography and Environment: Haydardere Stream runs through the north and west of the site. A spring with a strong flow rate is located at the west. The upper levels were probably destroyed by a tumulus that was built on top of the mound in the Late Antiquity. 40 cm thick; plastered enclosure wall; measuring 38 m in diameter and consisting of wood stakes; was built to prevent the soil erosion. The necessary soil for the construction of the tumulus was probably taken from the lower parts of the mound. Loamless soil was brought from other sources. It is interpreted that this tumulus was flattened for its valuable grave goods by the Russians invading Kirklareli in the Late 19th century. Finds; dating back from the Late Neolithic Age to the 4th century BC according to the Balkan chronology; were found at the site. This shows that the mound was medium in size before the tumulus was built [÷zdogan-Parzinger 1995:51]. The excavation area is bordered with barb wire and the local house models built during the excavations can still be seen on the site. The new trenches are covered with wooden beams for protection.
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