A royal Hittite city mentioned several times in the Bible (Jeremiah 46:2; 2 Chronicles 35:20), the site of Carchemish in southeastern Turkey is situated along the heavily-mined border zone that came to separate Turkey and Syria in the 1930s and 40s. But in recent years, Turkish authorities approved the de-mining of the site and now, with the removal of more than 1,200 landmines from the surface of the mound, Carchemish is again open for business. Archaeologists from Italy and Japan have already been granted permission to dig the site and excavations are expected to begin by the end of the year.