October 2016 in Turkish archaeology

The Agora of Smyrna (Izmir)
The Agora of Smyrna (Izmir)

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October 2, 2016

Ancient tablet discovered in western Turkey shows the most extensive lease contract

Turkish archaeologists have discovered an ancient tablet in İzmir's Seferihisar district, in which the ancient Greek city of Teos was located. Source: Daily Sabah

Ancient city in Turkey to host World Youth Fest

Located in Muğla's Yatağan district, the Ancient City of Stratonicea, which has a history of over 3,000 years and the biggest sports complex dating back to the Hellenistic times, will host the World Youth Festival with the attendance of young people from 205 countries around the world. Source: Daily Sabah

October 3, 2016

Topkapı Palace risk of collapse ‘the result of years of neglect of historical heritage’

Both the current government and previous administrations have failed to protect Istanbul’s historical legacy, according to Ömer Erbil, the journalist who broke the recent story about the risk of collapse faced by Topkapı Palace, after one of its pavilions was closed to visitors due to a risk of collapse after the discovery of large cracks in its walls. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 4, 2016

Centuries-old rental agreement unearthed in Turkey’s İzmir

Excavations that are ongoing in the ancient city of Teos in İzmir’s Seferihisar have unearthed a 2,200-year-old inscription, thought to be the most comprehensive rental agreement in Anatolian history. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

New findings unearthed at Knidos in western Turkey

Archaeological excavations in the 2,600-year-old ancient city of Knidos in the western province of Muğla’s Datça district have unearthed new structures. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 6, 2016

Ancient Hierapolis pool collapses after two earthquakes

Two small earthquakes that occurred last week in the southwestern Turkish province of Denizli’s Pamukkale district have caused collapses in the pool of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 7, 2016

Ancient crossword puzzle found in Smyrna

A crossword puzzle with top-to-bottom and left-to-right Greek words has been unearthed on the in the walls of a basilica at the Smyrna agora, located in İzmir’s İkiçeşmelik area. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 8, 2016

A different view on Hatay’s skeleton mosaic

Just as the “Gypsy Girl” mosaic has become the symbol of Gaziantep, “the skeleton mosaic” seems likely to become the symbol of Hatay. The mosaic has become an extraordinary issue in Turkey and around the world. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 9, 2016

Ancient underground passage found in historic Izmir neighborhood

An underground passage was discovered in historic Ikiçeşmelik district of western city of Izmir, which followed the discovery of another tunnel in 2010, prompting the interest of history enthusiasts whether more tunnels are present in the area that has been continuously inhabited for over 2,000 years. Source: Daily Sabah

October 10, 2016

Ancient grape seeds found in İzmir

Archaeological excavations on the Yassıtepe mound in İzmir’s Bornova district have unearthed 5,000-year-old grape seeds that are believed to be the seeds of the Bornova Misket grape. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Over 40 mysterious shipwrecks have been discovered in the depths of the Black Sea

The first maritime archaeology expedition mapping ancient submerged landscapes to take place in the Black Sea has led to the discovery of more than 40 shipwrecks associated with the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. Source: IBTimes

October 11, 2016

Untouched ancient burial chamber found in Turkey’s Muğla

A burial chamber dating back to 2,400 years ago was recently unearthed at a construction site in the southwestern province of Muğla’s Milas district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 12, 2016

Excavations reveal religious history of Giresun Island

Long the site of legends including the Amazons and Jason and the Argonauts, Giresun Island on Turkey’s Black Sea coast also had a Byzantine religious past as well, according to recent archaeological findings. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 13, 2016

Istanbul Archaeology Museums celebrate 125 years of housing civilizations

The Istanbul Archaeology Museums, home to artifacts from various periods of history, is celebrating its 125th year. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 14, 2016

Destroyed church finally unearthed in Pisidia

A big church in the ancient city of Pisidia, located in the southern province of Isparta’s Yalvaç district, has been finally unearthed after three years of work. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 16, 2016

700 bottles containing ancient antidepressants, heart medication found in Istanbul

Researchers carrying out excavations at the ancient Greek city of Bathonea located in Istanbul's Avcılar district have found hundreds of unguentaria - small ceramic or glass bottles - containing traces of antidepressants and heart medications. Source: Daily Sabah

October 20, 2016

Huge ancient shipyard unearthed on Turkey’s Dana Island

A huge shipyard, believed to be the oldest in the world, has been discovered on Dana Island in the southern province of Mersin’s Silifke district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 21, 2016

Windmills of Misis comes to light

Archaeological works are continuing to unearth Roman-era windmills in the ancient city of Misis, an important Roman-era city, as part of a project titled “The Infinite City: Misis” done by Yüreğir Municipality in the southern province of Adana. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 22, 2016

2,000-year-old Roman bath discovered in central Turkey to be opened for tourism

A 2,000-year-old Roman bath, also known as 'Basilica Therma,' located in Central Anatolian Turkish province of Yozgat is expected to be open to tourism in the next few years. Source: Daily Sabah

October 24, 2016

Hittite village to recreate life in Hattusa 3,500 years ago

Çorum, home to one of the oldest civilizations in Anatolia, the Hittites, aims to attract tourists with a Hittite village theme park. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 25, 2016

Perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks found in depths of Black Sea

More than 40 ancient shipwrecks from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods have been found during a mapping expedition in the depths of the Black Sea where there is no light and no oxygen, the Daily Mail has reported. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 27, 2016

Ancient inn complex unearthed in Assos

Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Assos, located in the northwestern Turkish province of Çanakkale’s Ayvacık district, have unearthed an inn complex. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 28, 2016

Ancient Edessa floor mosaic unearthed

Archaeological excavations around the historic Balıklı Lake in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa have unearthed floor mosaics dating back to the Kingdom of Osroene, known by the name of its capital city, Edessa - today’s Şanlıurfa. Source: Hürriyet Daily News.