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Welcome to the official web site of the Italian Archaeological Expedition in Eastern Anatolia that since 1961 carries out research at the site of Arslantepe. You will find here information about research carried out in the Malatya plain, in Eastern Turkey. The two main projects consist in the excavations at the site of Arslantepe and in a survey of the surrounding plain. Arslantepe (“hill of lions”) is found in the village of Orduzu, in the south-eastern part of the Malatya pain, an oasis within the anti-Taurus range, approximately 15km from the right bank of the river Euphrates and 6km from the modern city.
The finds that have been brought to light in the more than 50 years of activity at the site of Arslantepe have strongly revolutionalised our knowledge on the developments of the first state societies in the Near East. At Arslantepe the oldest palatial complex worldwide is still standing and well preserved and demonstrates the importance that the site had in the period of state formation.
Arslantepe has been a political and economic centre in the Malatya region since 4000 BCE and throughout its long occupation history. From being the capital of a primary state it became capital of a Neo-Hittite reign during the I millennium BCE.
In April 2014 the site has been included in the UNESCO tentative list of world wide heritage.
This web site has been developed within the “Malatya’nın Mirası Arslantepe” project, financed by the Gelecek Turizmde, a program for a sustainable development of tourism in Turkey, supported by the T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı, Birleşmiş Milletler Kalkınma Programı (UNDP) and Anadolu Efes.