The President of the Portal Project, Urandir Fernandes de Oliveira leds the seventh zigurats expedition, which occurred in Turkey in October 2013. Participated in this study a group of 80 researchers, who traveled from west to eastern Turkey in search of information to complement the research related to the ancient kingdoms of Antiquity. Starting on October 18 in Istanbul they reached Dara on 27 October.
Most places surveyed showed references to ancient civilizations and kingdoms that inhabited the land in remote past. Istanbul, which was the starting point was the site of ancient Byzantium and Constantinople. Already near the town of Izmir were collected a lot of information in Ephesus, where the most perfect and preserved Greek stadium. Were found at Ephesus magnificently and preserved buildings such as the Library of Celsus, the Hadrian’s Gate and the Hellenistic Theatre, plus fountains, streets, Roman baths and commercial agoras.
The Temple of Aphrodisias, located in Aphrodisias, which was a small Greek city in Caria near the actual village of Geyre in Turkey showed magnificent sculptures, sarcophagi, pillars, among other works, all done in marble. The researchers collected many valuable information there that confront the traditional archeology, the details and accuracy of cuts, that in our current technology can not perform similar work. This information and datings shows that the kingdoms that existed in antiquity had a development, both cultural and technological more advanced than what the traditional archeology believes.
Urandir and the research team were also in a subterranean city known for Sehri Yeralti (Underground City), which is one of over 200 underground cities already founded in Turkey, which is one of the few that are available for visitation.
Other areas surveyed were the Euphrates River, which is one of the rivers that forms Mesopotamia and the location of Antioch, where references were found in the lineage of Amazonas, showing that they were crossing the region.
On Mount Nemrut, Urandir team cataloged and huge statues of lions, eagles and gigantic statues of gods and King Antiochus, most remarkably well preserved. Are arranged in two platforms and correspond to the statues of the gods Apollo, Zeus, the half-god Hercules, the goddess of fertility Tique and Commagene King Antiochus of Commagene. There, we were able to make the association with other archaeological sites previously surveyed, being related to a specific realm that built their monuments in the high mountains. That left quite intrigued researchers is that archaeologists are excavating can not access the part of the pyramid where was the tomb of hierotheseion, because there are no technology today to accomplish the task.
Urandir and research team also had a surprise in Göbekli Tepe, an archaeological site that is being excavated by German and Turkish archaeologists. This site is puzzled archaeologists and researchers because it is unlike anything that has been seen so far, revolutionizing knowledge of the Neolithic era and all theories about the beginning of civilization. The official dates starts at 10 to 12 thousand years ago, where the traditional archeology, it is believed that the man would not yet be building temples. The findings in this location also have an important impact on the history of religions.
Foreign media have speculated connections with the famous biblical Garden of Eden. Interestingly, in this site were again found evidences of the Amazonas.
At the end of the expedition Urandir been with the group in Dara, which was an important Byzantine fortress city in northern Mesopotamia on the border with the Sassanid Empire. The dating of these ruins is not precise, but found traces of occupation by the Sumerians in this place. At this location, the importance of research is also due to the supposed fact of the passage of Christ in this region.
Finishing this step of research in Turkey, Urandir group of researchers have more valuable information in order to understand and explain the past and the beginning of civilization through the intersection of the evidences founded in various places of Earth.