July 2016 in Turkish archaeology

The ruins of Kyzikos
The ruins of Kyzikos

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

July 1, 2016

Archaeology season opens in Antalya

Archaeological excavations in the southern province of Antalya will start this month in 15 different spots, including ancient cities, caves and mounds. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 5, 2016

Tisan’s mosaics receive protection at a museum

An area with mosaics in the southern province of Mersin’s Tisan Peninsula is set to turn into an open-air museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 6, 2016

Ancient city Aigai in western Turkey seeks excavation sponsor

The scope of excavations at the ancient city of Aigai, located in western Turkey, will be reduced this year because of sponsorship problems after the local municipality cut support over failure to yield results. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 8, 2016

Aydıntepe, Bayburt’s underground beauty

An ancient underground city carved directly from the bedrock in the eastern province of Bayburt has become the most popular local attraction, while researchers continue their work to uncover the mystery of its creation and function. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 10, 2016

World’s largest necropolis in Turkey's southeast

A large number of expansive rock tombs which could constitute part of the world’s largest necropolis have been discovered during work carried out by the Şanlıurfa Municipality around the historic Urfa Castle in southeastern Turkey. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Hobby objects turn out to be fossils in Turkey's northwest

Objects collected by a local in the northwestern province of Çanakkale’s Gelibolu district have turned out to be the fossils of animals that lived millions of years ago, according to university officials. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 18, 2016

Ancient city ruins in Tokat to undergo renewed excavations

Tokat province's Sulusaray district is currently under archaeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Sebastapolis near a thermal spring. Sebastapolis is believed to have been one of the top five cities in the Black Sea region 2,000 years ago. Source: Daily Sabah

13 new sites added to UNESCO list

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s 40th session held in Istanbul has concluded with some 15 properties being evaluated and 13 of them registered to the World Heritage List, including the Turkish archeological site of Ani located in the eastern province of Kars, near the Armenian border. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 20, 2016

İznik Roman basilica to open for underwater tourism

A Roman basilica located 20 meters offshore in Lake İznik in Bursa province will open for tourism as an "underwater museum," according to a statement released by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 21, 2016

Turkish archaeologist complains after sponsors refuse to fund brothel excavation

Excavation teams at an ancient site in the southern province of Antalya are struggling to find sponsors after it emerged that the site contains an ancient brothel, the head of the excavation team, Professor Hüseyin Sabri Alanyalı, has said. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 22, 2016

Underwater basilica in İznik to shed light on Roman era

An underwater Roman era basilica found only 20 meters off the shore of Lake İznik in the northwestern province of Bursa will be revived for tourism, as an “underwater museum” project at the site is underway, according to local authorities. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 25, 2016

Ancient theater reclaims original identity

The excavation works in the 2,000-year-old Roman theater located in İznik, which was home to Romans for centuries, aims to turn the remains into an actual theater that functions for the locals. Source: Daily Sabah

July 26, 2016

Archeologist out to unearth legendary Hadrian Temple

A new round of excavations has begun at the ancient city of Kyzikos in the 2,500-year-old Erdek district of Balıkesir in northwest Turkey to unearth more Roman-era artifacts and the legendry Temple of Hadrian. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

July 27, 2016

Lost City of Pteria finally unearthed in Turkey’s Yozgat

Archeological activity in the excavation area of the ancient town of the lost city of Pteria, located near the village of Şahmuratlı in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat, has been completed. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

8,000-year-old cave paintings found in Turkey’s Balıkesir

A number of cave paintings dating back some 8,000 years have been found in Baltalıın and İnkaya caves in the Marmara province of Balıkesir during a field study conducted by Associate Prof. Dr. Derya Yalçıklı from Çanakkale University, the Arkeofili website has reported. Source: Hürriyet Daily News