December 2016 in Turkish archaeology

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Turkish Archaeological News collects the most important, interesting and inspiring news from Turkish excavation sites. Here's the review for December 2016. Have we missed anything? Let us know by using Contact tab!

December 3, 2016

İncirliin cave offers ancient life traces

Ongoing excavations at the İncirliin Cave in the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla’s Milas district have unearthed human bones and ceramic pieces dating back to the prehistoric and ancient ages. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

December 5, 2016

Göbeklitepe to soon enter UNESCO list

The ancient site of Göbeklitepe, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites boasting a history of 12,000 years, is set to soon graduate from UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites to the permanent list. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

December 8, 2016

Stained glass evidence of high living standards in ancient Bathonea

Nearly 20,000 pieces of glass have been unearthed and evaluated amid excavations at the ancient site of Bathonea on the Küçükçekmece Lake Basin in Istanbul’s Avcılar district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

December 12, 2016

Centuries-old inscription unearthed in church in Turkey's Elazığ

Excavation works being conducted on the Kızıl Church, also known as the Virgin Mary Church, have unearthed a 165-year-old inscription. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

December 13, 2016

Age-old Turkish mosque looks like piece of modern art

A historical mosque in Turkey's northern province of Artvin near its Georgian border has been drawing the attention of several artists thanks to its contemporary and artistic appearance despite being built in the Ottoman era. Source: Daily Sabah

December 15, 2016

2,600 year-old kitchen of Kingdom of Lydia unearthed in western Turkey

Turkish archeologists in Dascylium ancient city in Turkey's western province of Balıkesir have discovered a 2,600 year-old kitchen which belonged to the ancient Kingdom of Lydia in Anatolia. Source: Daily Sabah

December 16, 2016

Bathonea excavations aim to shed light on historic Istanbul quakes

Archaeological excavations carried out on the coast of the Küçükçekmece Lake in Istanbul’s Avcılar district by Kocaeli University aim to shed light on the history of earthquakes in Istanbul. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

December 21, 2016

2,000-year-old Roman tombs discovered in central Turkey

2,000-year-old tombs dating back to the ancient Roman civilization have been unearthed in Turkey's central province of Kütahya during the construction works of the new municipality service building, reports said on Thursday. Source: Daily Sabah

December 23, 2016

Ottoman-era elephant armor on display

A unique Ottoman-era head armor for elephants, decorated with valuable stones and motifs, has been put on display for the first time in Turkey at Istanbul's Hisart - The Live History and Diorama Museum, a one-of-a-kind living history museum. Source: Daily Sabah

December 27, 2016

Hellenistic-era city in southern Turkey offers cycling in heart of history

An opportunity to embrace nature, all while cycling and exploring an ancient city, is being offered to visitors in the ancient city of Soli Pompeiopolis in Cicilia, located in modern-day Mezitli, in southern Mersin province. Mezitli's newly opened cycling and walking route, which stretches along the ancient pillar-lined street, offers a truly authentic experience. Source: Daily Sabah

December 28, 2016

Ancient theater, stadium in Adana nearly unearthed

The excavations in the ancient city of Magarsus in Adana will focus on unearthing the ancient theater's orchestra and stadium sections next season. Source: Daily Sabah

December 29, 2016

Excavations end at ancient Magarsus

Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Magarsus, located in the southern province of Adana’s Karataş district, have temporarily ended. Works are expected to resume next season in Magarsus’ theater’s orchestra and stadium sections. Source: Hürriyet Daily News