November 2016 in Turkish archaeology

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

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

November 4, 2016

Ancient Smyrna to complete ring of history

Though separated by millennia of history, İzmir’s past will soon be symbolically linked with the opening of the ancient Smyrna excavation area to visits, allowing tourists to journey from Neolithic times to the relatively recent Classical past – stopping in ancient Smyrna along the way. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Excavations begin at Antalya's Lyrboton Kome

Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Lyrboton Kome, located in Antalya's Kepez district were launched yesterday in order to introduce the site to tourism. Source: Daily Sabah

November 7, 2016

Public buildings unearthed in Van’s old city

New findings have been obtained during excavations being carried out in the south of Van Fortress in the city of Van in southeast Turkey. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 9, 2016

Turkey's Ahlat to enter UNESCO list

The eastern province of Bitlis’s Ahlat district, home to 8,100 monumental tombstones which are on UNESCO’s tentative list, will enter the World Heritage list in 2017, according to Ahlat Mayor Mümtaz Çoban. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Pamukkale's ancient city of Hierapolis Turkey's most visited archaeological site

Turkey's museums and archaeological sites drew significant numbers of tourists in 2015, reaching 30 million, recent statistics from the Cultural Heritage and Museums General Directorate show. Source: Daily Sabah

November 10, 2016

Mesotimolos waits to be discovered

Mesotimolos, an ancient city from the Lydian civilization located close to the Aegean province of Uşak’s Düzköy district, awaits archaeological excavations for its discovery. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 11, 2016

Mummies of Anatolia still a matter of interest

Having been used by numerous civilizations to preserve the body after death, the technique of mummification was also practiced in Anatolia. Although different from the one in ancient Egypt, embalming was also performed on rulers in certain Anatolian civilizations. Source: Daily Sabah

November 14, 2016

Ancient mosaics comes to light in Turkey's Şanlıurfa

Five floor mosaics believed to date back 2,000 years have been unearthed during excavations in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 15, 2016

Anatolian natural history attracts worldwide attention

Vertebrate fossils found in the district of Kaman in Kırşehir province in central Turkey two years ago continue to draw the attention of world's leading scientists. Source: Daily Sabah

November 16, 2016

Research uncovers Lycian roads in Antalya monument

Under the light of the pillar of the Monument of the Roads, which is considered one of the world’s oldest road maps, showing roads built by the Roman Emperor Claudius in Lycia, 21 out of 63 roads have been so far been uncovered by archeologists. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Ancient Claros in western Turkey becoming a center of faith tourism

New findings in excavations of ancient Greek city Claros, located in İzmir's Menderes, contribute to development of religious tourism. Source: Daily Sabah

2,500-year-old man-made cave found in northern Turkey

An estimated 2,500-year-old cave has been found near the Taşbaşı Church in the Altınordu district of Turkey's northern Ordu province located on the Black Sea coast. Source: Daily Sabah

November 17, 2016

World's oldest temple to be nominated for Heritage List

Turkey will nominate Göbeklitepe, branded the world's oldest temple, for the UNESCO World Heritage List. As a well-preserved site in southeastern Turkey, it will be the 16th inclusion from the country on the list, if admitted. Source: Daily Sabah

November 18, 2016

Archaeologists dig out pieces of ancient Anatolian city-state of Melid

The first established city-state in Anatolia, Melid, continues to shed light on ancient Anatolian history with its adobe palace, ancient relics, including swords and spears, and a temple erected 5,500 years ago. Source: Daily Sabah

Old Christian center to be unearthed in Turkey’s south

Works have been initiated by Istanbul University in the ancient field of Aya Tekla, one of the oldest centers of Christianity. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 19, 2016

Sunken minaret to be new tourist spot in Turkey’s Black Sea region

The "sunken minaret" and the lake view around it, located in the district of Bafra in Turkey's northern Samsun province, will soon become a tourist spot. Source: Daily Sabah

2,200 year-old Paphlogonian burial chamber discovered in Turkey

Archaeologists in Turkey's northern Kastamonu province have discovered a 2,200-year-old ancient burial chamber belonging to the Paphlagonian era, the first of its kind found in the area. Source: Daily Sabah

Ancient illuminated street to be unearthed

Herod Caddesi - Kurtuluş Street in Antakya in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, a kind of shopping center for the rich in the ancient era known as the “world’s first illuminated” street, is set to come back to life nine-meters underground. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 20, 2016

Turkish family protects historic Greek church from treasure hunters

A Greek church with a history dating back to the mid-1800s in northern Turkey's Giresun province has been guarded by a local Turkish family for years, preserving it from treasure hunters and physical wearing. Source: Daily Sabah

November 22, 2016

Ancient cistern found under barn in Turkey's Mardin

Excavations in the southeastern province of Mardin’s ancient city of Dara have unearthed a 6th century cistern. The Roman-era cistern was found in a field used as a barn. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Court declares Hagia Sophia a 'monument museum'

After a petition was filed by citizens from the Association of Permanent Foundations and Service to Historical Artifacts and the Environment with Ankara's 7th Administrative Court regarding the right to worship at Hagia Sophia - a former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica and imperial mosque that later became a museum - an appeal filed with the Council of State was also rejected in a landmark decision. Source: Daily Sabah

House in Arapgir a bridge to the past

Various objects, from old agricultural tools, to kitchenware, gas lamps, weaving looms, a chest, jars and pots are on display at an exhibition house in Malatya's Arapgir district to introduce the past to future generations. Source: Daily Sabah

Burial chamber discovered in Turkey’s Kastamonu

A burial chamber has been unearthed in the Kayı village of the Daday district in the northern Turkish province of Kastamonu. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Fossils dating around 40 million years found in Turkey’s moorland

Shelled and non-shelled molluscs, limpets, asterioidae, mussels and echinodermata fossils have been found during excavations in the small village of Karakuyu, located in Mucur district of Kırşehir province in central Turkey. Source: Daily Sabah

November 23, 2016

Arslantepe, cradle of civilizations in Anatolia

Reflecting the rich culture of Anatolia, the Arslantepe Mound in the eastern province of Malatya is shedding light on history thanks to its adobe palace with colorful figures on its walls, a 5,500-year-old temple and many artifacts such as ancient swords and spears. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

2,400 year-old burial chamber, 103 artifacts unearthed in Turkey

Turkish archaeologists have discovered a new ancient burial chamber from the Hellenistic Period, containing over 100 hundred pieces of artifacts in south-western Muğla province, reports said on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sabah

November 24, 2016

Family that became part of Claros's history with three generations of service

An ancient center of prophecy located in İzmir, the city of Claros has been guarded by members of the Çelik family since the 1950s. Source: Daily Sabah

With e-museum project Turkey's cultural wonders just a click away

Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry will expand the "Virtual Museum" project for a total of 376 museum and archaeological sites in 73 provinces. Source: Daily Sabah

881-year-old historic hammam to be restored in Kayseri

A 881-year-old historic hammam in the city of Kayseri in central Anatolia is to be restored and opened to visitors. Source: Daily Sabah

November 26, 2016

Ancient Christian pilgrimage site comes to light in northern Turkey

Excavation works in an ancient Christian pilgrimage site in northern Turkey dating back to 1st century B.C. have been resumed after two years. Source: Daily Sabah

November 27, 2016

Zeugma Museum in virtual environment

Zeugma in the southeastern province of Gaziantep is now being promoted to the world with a virtual tour on the website Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 29, 2016

Perge sculptures open to visitors in Antalya

An opening ceremony of 12 sculptures that were unearthed during excavations in the ancient city of Perge in the southern province of Antalya was held on Nov. 25 at the Antalya Archaeology Museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

November 30, 2016

Ancient fossils to be displayed in Cappadocia

Fossil vertebrates of an elephant, rhino, giraffe, antelope, pig, hyena and primate that were found in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir’s Kaman district will be displayed to visitors in a new museum set to open in the Cappadocia region. Source: Hürriyet Daily News