April 2022 in Turkish archaeology

Haydarpaşa - historical railway station in Istanbul
Haydarpaşa - historical railway station in Istanbul

Possibly the most thrilling archaeological news from the area of Turkey in April 2022 was the discovery of a Hellenistic cremation tomb in Istanbul’s Haydarpaşa excavations. Moreover, the remains of an 8500-year-old wooden ladder were found in Çatalhöyük, one of the best-preserved Neolithic settlements in the world. Finally, the excavations revealed a huge underground city in southeastern Mardin province’s Midyat district.

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April 4, 2022

Ancient inscriptions found in Datça

Four inscriptions made of marble and limestone from the Umayyad period have been unearthed during the archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Knidos in the western province of Muğla’s Datça district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 6, 2022

‘Artemis’ on display after half a century

The statue of Artemis, one of the Greek mythology goddesses, which was found in 1963 in the ancient city of Thermai Thesos in the western province of Manisa’s Kula district and kept in storage, has been put on display for the first time at the İzmir Archeology Museum after half a century. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 7, 2022

Museum to host works of founder of Turkish painting

A special section for the works of Osman Hamdi Bey, a prominent cultural figure of the early Turkish Westernization who is also considered the founder of Turkish painting and archaeology, has been opened in the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

New Museum of Islamic Civilisations set to open Friday in Turkiye's largest mosque

A brand new Museum of Islamic Civilisations is set to be inaugurated on Friday in Turkiye's largest mosque by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation's President, and Anadolu News Agency reports. Source: Middle East Monitor

April 11, 2022

Hellenistic cremation tomb found in Istanbul’s Haydarpasa excavations

A brick tomb belonging to the Hellenistic period (330 BC – 30 BC) was found during the Haydarpaşa excavations, which shed light on Kadıköy’s history for four years. Source: Arkeonews

April 12, 2022

An 8500-year-old wooden ladder remain was discovered at Çatalhöyük

Remains of the wooden ladder were discovered for the first time in Çatalhöyük, one of the best-preserved Neolithic settlements in the world. Source: Arkeonews

April 13, 2022

1,800-year-old military watchtower found on banks of Euphrates

A military watchtower dating back 1,800 years ago was discovered in the Gerger district of southeastern Adıyaman province on the banks of the Euphrates. The historical structure was identified after a local shepherd intrigued by the oddity of the structure informed the authorities. Source: Daily Sabah

April 14, 2022

Discovery of artifacts, ancient roads in Aigai drawing visitors

The discovery of thousands of artifacts and ancient roads during the excavations in the ancient city of Aigai, one of the 12 Aeolian cities in the western province of Manisa, the history of which dates back to the eighth century B.C., is drawing the attention of visitors. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 15, 2022

Ancient bath discovered under Istanbul’s former red light district

Istanbul’s underground is known for housing a wealth of heritage from ancient civilizations and restoration, reconstruction and restoration work in historic places reveal more of it. Most recently, workers discovered a Turkish bath dating to the 17th century as they were clearing the area that formerly hosted a red-light district. Source: Daily Sabah

Mighty silhouette of Selimiye to be unveiled after restoration

The silhouette of the mighty Selimiye Mosque has been fully revealed with the Selimiye Square Project. Edirne Culture and Tourism Director Kemal Soytürk told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the first and second phases of the Selimiye Square Project have come to an end. Source: Daily Sabah

April 17, 2022

Artifacts found in Turkey's Kültepe site to be exhibited in museums

Some 350 artifacts unearthed from Kültepe archaeological site and kept in warehouses are being prepared to be exhibited in museums within the scope of the "Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue (Phase-II) Grant Scheme" between Turkey and the European Union (EU), the head of the excavation team announced Friday. Source: Daily Sabah

April 18, 2022

Horse, griffon busts from ancient Phocaea to go on display in Izmir

Two horses and two griffon busts found among the 2,600-year-old ruins of the Temple of Athena in the ancient city of Phocaea will go on display at the Izmir Archaeology Museum after their restoration works are completed. Source: Daily Sabah

April 19, 2022

Roman-era theater comes to life

Around 70 percent of restoration works in the 2,000-year-old ancient Roman theater ongoing since 2020 as part of the Archaeopark Project in Ankara have concluded. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Excavations reveal huge underground city in Turkey’s Mardin

A large number of artifacts belonging to the second and third centuries A.D. were unearthed in an underground city featuring places of worship, silos, water wells and passages with corridors in southeastern Mardin province’s Midyat district. Source: Daily Sabah

April 21, 2022

Motifs found on walls of Sinop Castle

Ancient motifs like bullheads considered the symbol of power in ancient times, have been found on the walls of Sinop Castle. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

‘Imperial Gate’ in Hagia Sophia Mosque vandalized

Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Foundations has started an investigation to find out the unidentified assailant or assailants who have vandalized the 1,400-year-old Imperial Gate inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque in the metropolitan city. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Osman Hamdi Bey’s museum house to be restored

The house of Ottoman archaeologist and painter Osman Hamdi Bey, which serves as a museum on the coast of Eskihisar in the Gebze district in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, will be taken under restoration. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 23, 2022

Patara’s dolphin unearthed 10 years after its burial

A dolphin-figured stone, which was discovered during archaeological excavations conducted 10 years ago and was buried for its protection, has been placed in the Patara Lighthouse. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 24, 2022

Unprecedented 1800-year-old marble bathtub recovered in Turkey

The 1800-year-old marble bathtub, which was seized when it was about to be sold by historical artifact smugglers in Aydın’s Karacasu district, was delivered to the Aphrodisias Museum Directorate. Source: Arkeonews

Documentary made on Arslantepe Mound

British historian, writer and publisher Bettany Mary Hughes has made a documentary film on Arslantepe Mound, which is on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in the eastern province of Malatya. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Sewer system found in ancient city of Mastaura

Archaeologists have found a sewer system believed to be 1,800 years old during excavations in the ancient city of Mastaura in the western province of Aydın’s Nazilli district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 26, 2022

Excavations resume in Kastabala

Excavation and rescue works have been resumed in the theater area in the ancient city of Kastabala, which dates back to 2,000 years in the southern province of Osmaniye and is called the Ephesus of Çukurova. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 27, 2022

Ancient baby burial draws interest at museum

The 5,000-year-old jar burials of four people, including a baby, that were found 15 years ago in the northern province of Amasya are kept in a special showcase at the Amasya Museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 29, 2022

Turkey’s Sümela monastery set to reopen after rock risk

After a lengthy restoration work and imminent danger to its immediate environs, the historic Sümela monastery in northern Turkey will finally be opened fully on Sunday. Source: Daily Sabah