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Roman Baths in Ankara

Many times, during the discussions held among the people travelling around Turkey, I heard that there was nothing interesting to see in Ankara, especially when it comes to ancient ruins. It always seemed very suspicious, because the capital of Turkey, centrally located in Anatolia, has a long and turbulent history. Therefore, surely some traces of its past must have survived. For a long time I have known the magnificent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Atatürk Mausoleum, and a few years ago I was also able to visit the temple of the goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus. However, in 2018, we set out on a mission to find less-known ancient gems, preserved in Ankara. One of them is the ruined baths from the Roman period, commonly referred to as the Baths of Caracalla. Currently, its grounds are open to public as Roma Hamamı Açik Hava Müzesi.

Roman Baths in Ankara
Roman Baths in Ankara

October 2018 in Turkish archaeology

The most significant event of October 2018 was the grand opening of the Troy Museum. Moreover, fascinating finds were discovered in Istanbul's landmark Haydarpaşa Train Station excavations, including a functioning fountain from the Byzantine era. Finally, the copy of the statue of the Greek god of the underworld, Hades and his dog, Cerberus, is now decorating the Plutonium in Hierapolis, while the original can be seen in the local museum.

Istanbul's landmark Haydarpaşa Train Station
Istanbul's landmark Haydarpaşa Train Station

September 2018 in Turkish archaeology

September 2018 brought us news about many restoration projects carried out in the area of Turkey. Among the most notable renovations, one should mention the Bodrum Castle and Topkapı Palace. Moreover, an exciting archaeological discovery was reported this month, about a 2,500-year old Persian palace at the Oluz Mound. Finally, we learned more about Lydian eating habits, because of the excavations in the ancient city of Daskyleion.

Daskyleion archaeological site
Daskyleion archaeological site

Cooperation with Balkan History Association

Cooperation with Balkan History Association
We are happy to announce that Turkish Archaeological News has started the cooperation with the Balkan History Association (BHA). We intend to promote the knowledge concerning the archaeology and history of the Balkans and Anatolia, to increase the awareness of their significance for the European culture.

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Identifying priorities

Text and photos by Glenn Maffia

It has been for well over a decade that the archaeological team, under the supervision of Professor Helga Bumke, has not only been uncovering the impressive finds within the vicinity of the Temple of Apollo in Didim, but also more arguably significant the continued ‘site management’ of the archaeological treasure.

The new building being erected in the 'protected area' of Didyma
The new building being erected in the 'protected area' of Didyma

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