September 2019 in Turkish archaeology

The most exciting archaeological news in September was, most probably, the discovery that the history of the legendary Troy is longer than previously thought. Moreover, an ancient princess’ sanctuary was found in Amasra, while the excavations at Boncuklu Höyük and Kahin Tepe revealed the secrets of the prehistoric period of Asia Minor. The archaeologists also struck gold at the Apollon Smintheion Temple in the Troad where they found 68 gold coins, dating back to the Byzantine era. Meanwhile, the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf will soon be submerged as part of a controversial dam project.

Ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, soon to disappear underwater
Ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, soon to disappear underwater

August 2019 in Turkish archaeology

August of 2019 was a month abundant in archaeological discoveries in the area of Turkey. Possibly the most amazing one was the announcement that the ancient city of Troy may have been founded 600 years earlier than previously thought. Moreover, an excavation team was surprised when they discovered a temple in the ancient city of Priene, possibly devoted to Zeus. Archeologists digging at the Barcın Mound found that cheese, yogurt, and butter were first produced there 8,600 years ago, in the Neolithic Era. Finally, the remains of the memorial tomb of Azan, the founder of the ancient city of Aizanoi have unearthed.

Ruins of Priene
Ruins of Priene

Evliya Kasim Pasha Mosque in Edirne

In recent years, many successful restorations of historical mosques have been carried out in Edirne. However, there are still numerous buildings awaiting the renovation, and Evliya Kasim Pasha Mosque is one of the most neglected of them. Its fate is even more depressing if you realise that it is a very old structure, dating back to the end of the 15th century. Let us take a closer look at the mosque's history and the reasons of its abandonment.

Evliya Kasim Pasha Mosque in Edirne
Evliya Kasim Pasha Mosque in Edirne

The underground remains of the Hippodrome of Constantinople

During the restoration works carried out in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, i.e., the former İbrahim Pasha Palace, an unusual discovery was made. The restoration was conducted between October 2012 and October 2014, and that is when the excavations on the museum's ground floor enabled the discovery of the vaulted structure. It once belonged to the tiers of the west side of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. After the conservation works were done by the experts from Istanbul Restoration and Conservation Central Laboratory, the ruins became a part of the museum's exhibition space.

The underground remains of the Hippodrome of Constantinople
The underground remains of the Hippodrome of Constantinople

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