June 2016 in Turkish archaeology


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June 2, 2016

Ahlat tombstones reflect style of Orkhon inscription

Associate Professor Celil Arslan from Erciyes University Faculty of Letters Department of Art History said that the style of Orkhon inscriptions can be seen on tombstones in a cemetery located in Ahlatin, the province of Bitlis." Source: Daily Sabah

Ancient stela lost after discovery

An ancient stela last March in the Central Anatolian province of Konya’s Ereğli district has been lost, while claims emerged that the 2,700-year-old late Hittite-era stela had been sold for 6 million Turkish Liras in the southern province of Adana. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 6, 2016

Underground city a new face for Nevşehir

Italian academics who have been working on the restoration and conservation of rock churches in Turkey’s Cappadocia region for seven years, have said that the world’s largest underground city, which was discovered in 2014 in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir, will put the city on the map. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Migrants from Greece, Turkey brought agriculture to Europe in Stone Age, scientists say

Stone Age people from the Aegean Sea region moved into central and southern Europe some 8,000 years ago and introduced agriculture to a continent still dominated at the time by hunter-gatherers, scientists say. Source: Daily Sabah

June 7, 2016

Historic gravestones found under Lake Van

Underwater photographer Tahsin Ceylan, who previously discovered coral which was thousands of years old during his research in Turkey’s eastern Lake Van, recently found a pier built with Seljuk-era gravestones. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 12, 2016

Göbeklitepe to be closed to visitors

The ancient site of Göbeklitepe, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites and on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites, will be closed to visitors between June 13 and Dec. 31, according to a written statement made by the Culture and Tourism Ministry. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 14, 2016

St Mercurius underground city in Turkey's Cappadocia ready for visitors

The St. Mercurius underground city in Turkey’s Cappadocia region has been opened to tourism, giving visitors a chance to see its unique church, mass graveyard and upright stones. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 15, 2016

Historic safe put under protection in Turkey's İzmir

A steel safe which was found during the restoration of the historic Osmanağa Mansion in the Aegean province of İzmir’s Çeşme district has been put under protection. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 16, 2016

Stairs from Roman temple found in Turkey's İzmit

Excavation works in the northwestern province of Kocaeli’s İzmit district have revealed the 17-step stairs of a temple that is believed to date back to the Roman era 2,000 years ago. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 17, 2016

Bursa's 'Little Venice' under excavation

Uludağ University Department of Archaeology aims to introduce Bursa's Gölyazı neighborhood, which is also called "Little Venice," to tourism after the completion of the archeological excavations currently being conducted in the region. Source: Daily Sabah

June 18, 2016

‘Ephesus of the Med’ in Kibyra to open to visitors

The ancient city of Kibyra in the southern province of Burdur’s Gölhisar district will be opened to visitors next year. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 21, 2016

Excavations start at Turkey’s ‘Little Venice’

Archaeological excavations have started in an area called “Little Venice,” which dates back some 2,300 years, in the Nilüfer district’s Gölyazı neighborhood in the northwestern province of Bursa. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

İzmit may become Turkey’s second Ephesus

The city of İzmit in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, once one of the four biggest cities in the Roman Empire, has the potential to become a second Ephesus in Turkey, as 138 artifacts has been unearthed during excavations there since 2001. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Historic church ruins taken under protection in Turkey's Balıkesir

The ruins of a church in the northwestern province of Balıkesir’s Edremit district have been registered and taken under protection. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 23, 2016

Skeleton pieces found in Yemişkapanı excavations

Continuing excavations in the field of an Ottoman era structure, the Yemişkapanı Inn in the northwestern province of Edirne, have unearthed a number of skeleton fragments thought to date back to the Roman era. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Monastery new discovery in underground city in Cappadocia

A monastery hewn from the rock has been found during excavations and cleaning works in an underground city that was discovered in 2014 in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir during a Turkish Housing Development Administration urban transformation project. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 24, 2016

Destruction of historic graves receives reaction in Bodrum

The destruction of three Roman-era graves during the construction of a house in the southwestern province of Muğla’s Bodrum district has elicited reaction from archaeologists and historians. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Underwater ancient discovery off Marmara Sea

An amateur diver has photographed an underwater ancient city 20-25 kilometers off the shore of the northwestern province of Çanakkale’s Biga district, close to the ancient sites of Priapos and Parion. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 27, 2016

Structures at Uşaklı Mound may be ancient Zippalanda

This year’s excavations at the Uşaklı Mound in Yozgat have unearthed two structures that may be part of “Zippalanda,” an ancient Hittite center. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

June 28, 2016

Roman mosaic unearthed in wheat field in Turkey's Kırıkkale

A Roman-era mosaic, estimated to date back to the 2nd century, has been unearthed in the Central Anatolian province of Kırıkkale’s Delice district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Largest Urartian Museum to open in Turkey's east

The Urartian Museum, the construction of which started in 2012 after the main museum in the city was badly damaged during the major earthquake in the eastern province of Van in 2011, will house thousands of artifacts from the Urartian civilization. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Historic columns of Sardis in for cleaning

Columns that one graced Sardis, the capital of the ancient Lydian Kingdom, are getting a clean and polish to bring them back to their original state. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

2.5 million year-old mammoth fossil found in Konya, Turkey

A psychologist in Turkey's central Konya province discovered a fossil belonging to a 2.5-million-year-old mammoth, reports said on Monday. Source: Daily Sabah