March 2019 in Turkish archaeology

Arslantepe archaeological site
Arslantepe archaeological site

March 2019 saw the archaeological site of Arslantepe getting ready for the UNESCO World Heritage List. Meanwhile, some amazing discoveries were made in the area of Turkey, including the statue of Emperor Trajan in Laodicea on the Lycus and a large pithos found by a farmer plowing his field in Niğde province. Moreover, the new Troy Museum was finally opened.

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March 1, 2019

Roman-era grave found inside hill raided by treasure hunters in Turkey's Kayseri

A Roman-era mausoleum was discovered near a hill partially destroyed by treasure hunters in Turkey's central Kayseri province, reports said Friday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 3, 2019

17th century mosque discovered under collapsed retaining wall in Turkey's Mardin

The ruins of a 17th century mosque has been discovered after the collapse of a retaining wall in Turkey's southeastern Mardin province. Source: Daily Sabah

March 6, 2019

Year-long excavations to boost Harran’s UNESCO chance

The fact that the archaeological excavations will continue throughout the year on the Harran ruins will contribute to the ancient site’s inclusion in the permanent list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Archeological excavations in Turkey to continue all year long

A protocol enabling the extension of 20 archeological excavations’ time-span to 12 months has been signed between Turkey’s Atatürk Supreme Council of Culture Language and History, Turkish Historical Society and General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

10th century Georgian church to boost tourism in eastern Turkey's Erzurum

Historical Öşvank (Oshk Vank) church, located in Turkey's eastern Erzurum province will boost tourism in the region after its restoration is finished, Governor Okay Memiş said Wednesday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 9, 2019

Ancient marvel Göbeklitepe rewrites human history

The birthplace of civilizations and the world's oldest temple site, Göbeklitepe was officially opened on Friday at a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, seen above with Mahmut Yıldız, the 66-year-old owner of the land the archaeological site sits on. Dubbed the "zero point of history," Göbeklitepe is considered a true embodiment of humanity's heritage, and is recognized as such in UNESCO's List of Heritage Sites. Source: Daily Sabah

Unique Ottoman-era wooden building in Turkey’s Çorum to serve as hotel, restaurant after restoration

The 154-year-old Veli Pasha Han in central Turkey's Çorum province will serve as a restaurant and a hotel after the restoration work is completed, the local mayor said Friday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 11, 2019

Millions of years old fossils on exhibition in Kayseri, central Turkey

Fossils with a history dating back to as much as 7.5 million years are now being displayed at an exhibition in central Turkey's Kayseri province. Source: Daily Sabah

March 12, 2019

Farmer discovers large Byzantine-era pithos in central Turkey

A farmer plowing his field in Turkey's central Niğde province discovered a large pithos believed to be dating back to the Byzantine period, reports said Monday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 14, 2019

Turkey to restore 2 historical churches in Diyarbakır

Annan Ertem, director-general of the Foundations department, told state-run Anadolu Agency 15 million Turkish liras ($2.75 million) will be spent on the restoration of Surp Giragos and Mar Petyun churches in the southeastern Diyarbakır province. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 19, 2019

President Erdoğan opens Troy Museum

Built on the Troy archaeological site, which brings light to the 5,000-year history of Çanakkale province, the Troy Museum was opened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 20, 2019

First Anatolian farmers were local hunter-gatherers that adopted agriculture

An international team, led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and in collaboration with scientists from the United Kingdom, Turkey and Israel, has analyzed 8 pre-historic individuals, including the first genome-wide data from a 15,000-year-old Anatolian hunter-gatherer, and found that the first Anatolian farmers were direct descendants of local hunter-gatherers. Source: Heritage Daily

March 21, 2019

Works finished in Arslantepe to join UNESCO main list

The archaeological site of Arslantepe in the eastern province of Malatya, which was added to the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2014, is eyeing being bestowed recognition in the permanent list. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Historic Ahlat is Turkey's newest 'slow city'

Considered an open-air museum for its Seljuk-era relics, including tombstones, cave houses, historic bridges and two castles, Ahlat has become the newest addition to the Cittaslow (slow city) network from Turkey. Source: Daily Sabah

March 22, 2019

Locals discover 11 million-year-old sea creature fossils in eastern Turkey

Fossils belonging to mussel shells and snails that believed to be dating back to millions of years ago have been discovered in eastern Turkey's Muş province, media reports said Friday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 23, 2019

Tombs in ‘city of gladiators’ to open to visitors

The ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Stratonikeia in Yatağan, in the Aegean province of Muğla, reveal new historical artifacts as part of the project launched by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry on March 1. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Roman military, religious life comes back to life at Zerzevan Castle

Diyarbakır's ancient history comes to fore with the ongoing excavations at the Zerzevan Castle, offering insights into the daily lives and religion of the Romans. Source: Daily Sabah

March 24, 2019

Rare literary works digitized in central Turkey’s Konya

Rare literary works, including newspapers, manuscripts and printed books, have been digitized to ensure their preservation in the Manuscript Library in central Turkey's Konya province. Source: Daily Sabah

March 25, 2019

Ministry halts construction activity after ancient bath found in Istanbul

The Turkish Culture Ministry has stopped construction activities after the remains of an ancient bath were found. The remains of the ancient artifacts came to light during excavations as part of renovation works for stone houses near Eyüp Sultan Mosque near Istanbul’s Golden Horn. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Relic unearthed in Turkey shifts metallurgy’s origin story

A small lump of iron found in ancient ruins in Turkey may upend commonly held beliefs about the history of ironmaking, as the relic appears to have come from somewhere else. Source: The Asahi Shimbun

March 27, 2019

Huge snail fossil removed from house wall in Adıyaman

A 65 million-year-old huge snail fossil, used as a brick on the wall of a house in the southeastern province of Adıyaman, has been removed and taken to a museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 28, 2019

Turkish researchers debunk UK’s Elgin Marbles claim

Two Turkish researchers have debunked the claim that the Elgin Marbles, which have been at the center of a decades-long tussle between Britain and Greece, were a gift to the latter by Ottoman Sultan Selim III. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Hundreds of artifacts including stone-carved Bible, statue resembling Kilia Idol seized in Istanbul

Istanbul police seized a total of 836 historical artifacts, including a statue resembling the Kilia Idol, a statue sold for $14.5 million in a recent New York auction, and an 18th-century ancient Greek Bible carved in stone in anti-smuggling operations across the city. Source: Daily Sabah

March 30, 2019

Unique Roman emperor statue revealed in Denizli

Archaeologists in the ancient city of Laodicea in the western province of Denizli have unearthed a grandiose statue of Trajan, one of the greatest Roman emperors, dating back to 113 A.D. Source: Hürriyet Daily News