February 2024 in Turkish archaeology

The theatre on the acropolis of the ancient Pergamon
The theatre on the acropolis of the ancient Pergamon

In February 2024, the focus of the Turkish archaeologists seemed to be ancient Pergamon, where the cultural revitalization project was launched with a $32M budget. The project is aimed at the revitalization and conservation of the rich cultural heritage of Pergamon, modern-day Bergama, through extensive archaeological excavations. Moreover, as a part of research on medicinal plants in Bergama, the academics from Ege University were investigating the Galen's (the renowned ancient Roman physician) prescriptions.

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February 13, 2024

Bastion from World War II abandoned

The cannons in the Turgut Reis Bastion, built for the defense of the Bosphorus during World War II in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, have started to rust, turning into a sad sight to behold, says a lecturer. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 15, 2024

Restoration in Grand Bazaar causes backlash

Restoration teams in Istanbul's historic Grand Bazaar have drilled walls and installed thick beams, prompting a strong reaction from shopkeepers. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 19, 2024

2000-years-old Hercules Rock Relief is being Vandalized

The 2000-year-old Hercules Rock Relief, located in Deliktaş, approximately 2.5 kilometers northeast of the Iznik district center of Bursa, is being vandalized. The historical artifact is in danger of being destroyed. Source: Arkeonews

Flood-hit museums reopen doors in less than a year

Following the aftermath of floods that hit the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa last year, Şanlıurfa Archaeology Museum and Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum, which were badly damaged, have reopened their doors to visitors in just 11 months, after repair and maintenance work was completed. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 20, 2024

Museum displays history of cameras and photography

The Photography Technologies Museum in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, where bellows, spy and high-market value cameras are being exhibited, sheds light on the history of photography. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Debris of quake-hit cultural structures to be reused

The debris of historical buildings that collapsed during the Feb. 6, 2023 earthquake in the southern province of Antakya has been preserved at a cultural debris site. The separated parts will be used during the reconstruction of these structures. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 21, 2024

Türkiye's Pergamon cultural revitalization launched with $32M budget

In a significant development for Türkiye's cultural preservation efforts, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy convened the fourth meeting of the ministry's "Legacy for the Future" project at the historic site of Asklepion in the ancient city of Pergamon (modern-day Bergama) with a staggering budget allocation of TL 1 billion ($32.23 million) the project aims to revitalize and conserve the rich cultural heritage of Bergama through extensive archaeological excavations and restoration initiatives. Source: Daily Sabah

February 23, 2024

Ankara Palas converted into museum

Ankara Palas, one of the symbolic buildings of the Republican era, has been transformed into a museum by the National Palaces Presidency, preserving its original structure. It was opened to visitors with a ceremony on Feb. 21. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 27, 2024

Academics Uncover Ancient Roman Physicians Galen’s Pharmacy Legacy in İzmir

As a part of research on medicinal plants in Bergama, İzmir’s historic district where Galen (129 AD -200 AD) once resided, academics from Ege University are investigating the contributions of the renowned ancient Roman physician’s prescriptions over the years. Source: Arkeonews