The ‘Flintstones’ in Thrace/Turkey

Before reading any further, I have to explain something to you. I love history, but my interest starts with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and ends with Renaissance. It doesn’t stretch much further in either direction. I can stroll for hours through Pompeii but just can’t get enthusiastic about a piece of flint or part of an ax from the Bronze Ages or before.
I know there are lots of people, scientists as well as amateurs, who are deeply into cave life, Neanderthals and Dinosaurs and that’s their personal choice as the period of history which interests me is mine. People’s tastes and preferences are their own and I only said these preliminary words to explain the somewhat flippant title for which I hope I will be forgiven.
Our hosts of the Trakya Development Agency who arranged a five day press trip to Thrace did their very best to show us many aspects of this wonderful part of Turkey and that included a visit to the Asagi Pinar Mound near Kirklareli.

 

These animals greet you at the entrance

These animals greet you at the entrance

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As I have said in a previous post, thousands of years of history look you in the face in this part of the country and that is particularly true for ‘the mound’. It’s an area where people coming from Anatolia settled between 6400 and 4800 BC leading a farming, animal raising and agricultural life.
Nine layers of civilization have been discovered during excavations which are still ongoing under the leadership of the Department of Prehistory of the University of Istanbul.
To give a picture of life in the wooden huts some of them have been reconstructed in the Asagi Pinar Mound as well as scenes of dressed up figures, going about their daily life.

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More exhibits which were unearthed are displayed in the Kirklareli Museum together with examples of extinct animal life or reliefs of the ancient theatre in Vize.

Kirklareli Museum

Kirklareli Museum

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Although not animated like the original Flintstones, the Thracian still life version of Fred and Wilma is educative as well as entertaining.

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  1. Nita Mukherjee
    Nita Mukherjee says:

    Thanks Inka! Your article too is as usual is educative, interesting and so well written; great photos too!

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