April 2019 in Turkish archaeology

The Mediterranean coast in Antalya Province
The Mediterranean coast in Antalya Province

The hottest archaeological news from Turkey last month was the discovery of a Bronze Age shipwreck of the shores of southern Turkey's Antalya province. Another great news was the reopening of Sümela Monastery, announced for May.

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April 3, 2019

Police recover ancient Armenian king's tombstone in antismuggling op in Turkey's Balıkesir

Anti-smuggling police seized a 2,000-year-old tombstone belonging to an ancient Armenian king in Turkey's northwestern Balıkesir province on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sabah

April 4, 2019

Ancient price list found in Muğla

Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed invaluable ancient agoras, theaters, cities and temples to this day. Most recently, they have unearthed a find that delves deep into daily life in the Roman Empire: A price list of products and services sold during the era. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 8, 2019

Turkish archaeologists discover world's 'oldest' Bronze Age shipwreck off Antalya coast

A group of Turkish underwater researchers has found a 3,600-year-old Bronze Age shipwreck, which could be the world's oldest shipwreck, off the shores of southern Turkey's Antalya province, the Provincial Governor's Office said Monday. Source: Daily Sabah

Trabzon’s famous Sümela Monastery to open soon

The first part of the picturesque Black Sea province of Trabzon’s great monument Sümela Monastery will finally be opened to visitors on May 18 following comprehensive restoration and rock improvement works. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 15, 2019

Restoration of 6th-century church on historic pilgrimage road in central Turkey complete

Restoration works on the ancient Constantine-Helena Church [Andaval Church] located on the Christian holy pilgrimage path in central Turkey's Niğde province, have been completed, the local governor's office said Monday. Source: Daily Sabah

April 18, 2019

Urine Salts in Soil May Mark Advent of Herding

According to a report in The Atlantic, Jordan Abell of Columbia University and his colleagues were able to detect a possible shift from hunting and gathering to herding at the site of Aşıklı Höyük, in Turkey’s central Anatolia region. Source: Archaeology.org

April 26, 2019

Kemer to become center of underwater archaeology

An underwater archaeology museum will be established in the southern province of Antalya’s Kemer district in collaboration with the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Antalya Governors’ Office. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

April 29, 2019

Ancient underground city may have been found in central Turkey

Municipal workers carrying out sewage work in Turkey's central Kayseri province have discovered a 20-meter-deep tunnel, which officials say could lead to an ancient underground city, reports said Monday. Source: Daily Sabah

Byzantine-Era Structures Identified at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia [[https://www.archaeology.org/news/7619-190429-istanbul-hagia-sophia]]

According to a Live Science report, researchers led by Ken Dark of the University of Reading and Jan Kostenec of the Czech National Committee of Byzantine Studies have found traces of Byzantine-era structures on the grounds of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, first constructed as a Christian cathedral by the emperor Justinian I in the sixth century A.D. Team members uncovered a white marble courtyard they say surrounded the original cathedral, and a library that may have held thousands of scrolls under a structure now known as the large hall. The researchers suggest they have also found the remains of the Great Baptistery, where the children of emperors were baptized. Source: Archaeology.org