March 2018 in Turkish archaeology


The major headlines in March 2018 belonged to Göbeklitepe, the archaeological site situated in southeastern Turkey, now awaiting the inscritpion onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Moreover, Seljuk-era inscriptions were rediscovered in Antalya, Perge theatre was opened to the public, and the restoration of Panagia Phaneromeni Church in Ayvalık was completed.

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March 3, 2018

Excavations set to verify myths on Giresun island

Archaeological excavations that have been continuing sporadically on the Giresun (Aretias) island since 2011 will restart soon. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 4, 2018

Ancient sites destroyed to make way for andesite quarry in Ordu in Turkey’s north

The construction of an andesite quarry in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Ordu has gone ahead despite a court ruling in 2011 that said the area’s historical value made the site inappropriate for such works. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 5, 2018

Lost tablets of Seljuk conquest of Antalya found in neglected garden

Two tablets describing the Seljuk conquest of Turkey's southern Antalya region were discovered in the garden of a rundown building in the province's historic Kaleiçi district. Source: Daily Sabah

Walls of Antalya’s ancient city of Termessos being restored for first time

The walls of the ancient city of Termessos, which Alexander the Great besieged in 333 but failed to conquer due to its strong walls and powerful defenses, are being restored. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 7, 2018

Antalya foundation kicks off campaign for return of smuggled artifacts

The Antalya Promotion Foundation (ATAV) has launched a campaign calling for the return of eight artifacts smuggled abroad out of Antalya. As part of the project, an exhibition featuring the photos of these artifacts will open at the Antalya Airport International Arrivals Terminal. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 8, 2018

Rock tombs found in Bodrum

Three rock tombs have been unearthed at a construction site in the western Turkish province of Bodrum’s Bitez neighborhood. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 9, 2018

Earliest dated dam in Anatolia to open to visitors

A recreation area, formed around the Hittite Dam, known as the first dam in Anatolia at the present-day province of Çorum’s Alacahöyük site, will open to visitors this year. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 10, 2018

Perre mosaic to be displayed to visitors

A mosaic unearthed nine years ago during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Perre in the eastern province of Adıyaman is set to become a feast for the eyes of visitors. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Lost tablet of Seljuk Sultan Kayqubad I found in Turkey's Antalya

One of the lost tablets of the Seljuk Sultan of Rum Kayqubad I has been found inside the walls of a two-story house in Turkey's southern Antalya province, reports said. Source: Daily Sabah

March 14, 2018

Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace saved from construction works, keeps ‘first-degree’ archeological site status

Istanbul’s former seat for Ottoman sultans Topkapı Palace has been saved from getting zoned for construction. The decision, made by the Cultural Heritage Conservation High Council, allows the palace to keep its “first-degree” archeological site status following an ongoing debate. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Newly discovered map clears doubts on Suleiman the Magnificent’s lost tomb in Hungary

A medieval map showing the location of the lost tomb of 16th century Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in Hungary has been discovered, a leading researcher said Wednesday, noting that the map will be soon be put up for auction. Source: Daily Sabah

March 17, 2018

Underground city in Nevşehir to partially open to tourism in July

Cleaning work is underway in the largest underground city in the world, which was discovered during the Nevşehir Fortress and Surrounding Urban Transformation Project works in 2014 in the central Anatolian province of Nevşehir. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 19, 2018

Roman sarcophagus found in Bartın

An ancient sarcophagus has been discovered in the northern Turkish province of Bartın’s Sipahiler village. Amasra Museum officials said the piece dates back to the Roman era. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 20, 2018

The survival of historical structures against time and quakes

Some 176 historical structures, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Istanbul Archaeology Museums, will continue to defy the years after the works to reinforce them against possible earthquakes. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 21, 2018

Construction around site of Göbeklitepe stirs debate

Experts are warning about careless works around the ancient site of Göbeklitepe, considered the world’s oldest temple area, amid reports that the site is being irreparably damaged by “concrete” and “heavy equipment.” Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 22, 2018

Ancient theater to be lifted after 1,600 years

A 2,200-year-old theater located in the ancient city of Laodicea in the Eskihisar neighborhood of the western province of Denizli will be restored with the support of the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Ancient artifacts in Turkey’s Aydın under museum protection

Some historical artifacts in the theater of the ancient city of Nysa in the western province of Aydın have been taken under protection and have begun being exhibited at the Aydın Archaeology Museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 24, 2018

Restoration ends at historic church in Ayvalık

The restoration of the Panagia Phaneromeni Church in the northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir’s evocative Ayvalık district has been completed. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

March 27, 2018

The guard of Göbeklitepe, humanity’s ‘ground zero’

Twenty-three years ago, Mahmut Yıldız and his father found stones in Göbeklitepe, an 11,000-year-old site believed to be home to one of the earliest civilizations in the world in southeastern Turkey, while plowing their field. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Museum of Turkey’s signature dessert, baklava, opens in Gaziantep

Inspired by the chocolate museums in Europe, Gaziantep, Turkey's gastronomy capital, now has its own Baklava Museum. Source: Daily Sabah

Zero point of time meticulously preserved

Together with members of the press, a committee of authorities and experts from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently examined Göbeklitepe, where claims that "the historical structures were damaged" have been floating around. Source: Daily Sabah

March 28, 2018

Roman-era tomb seized from treasure hunters

An investigation has been opened against two suspects who carried out illegal excavations in İzmir’s Selçuk district and attempted to sell a Roman-era tomb they found during the excavations. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Two detained for smuggling 1,700-year-old sarcophagus near Ephesus

A 1,700-year-old sarcophagus dating back to the Roman era was seized and two people were detained during an anti-smuggling operation in the Selçuk district of Turkey's western Izmir province. Source: Daily Sabah

March 29, 2018

Rare artifacts under special protection in Konya

Nearly 30,000 rare manuscripts, most of which date back to the Seljuk era, are being kept in the Library of Manuscripts, one of Turkey’s most important libraries in the central Anatolian province of Konya. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

2 suspects trying to sell religious icons nabbed in Istanbul

Two suspects attempting to sell historical religious icons have been caught red-handed in Istanbul, reports said Thursday. Source: Daily Sabah

March 30, 2018

Kaunos takes visitors back 3,000 years ago

The ancient city of Kaunos, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List, takes visitors on a journey going back 3,000 years with its rock tombs, 5,000-person theater, basilica, bath, agora and Temple of Demeter. Source: Hürriyet Daily News