In March 2023, the news concerning archaeological activities in the area of Turkey was dominated, unsurprisingly, by the stories related to the February earthquakes that shook the south-east of the country. However, several important discoveries were also reported, including the new rock paintings from the prehistoric era found on Mount Latmos. Moreover, the Belgian archaeologists digging at the site of the ancient city of Sagalassos unearthed a most unusual burial. The burial was sealed with two dozen bricks and an additional layer of plaster. Topping everything off, around three dozen bent nails were sprinkled around the edges of the tomb, possibly as magic talismans meant to keep the deceased person trapped inside.
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March 3, 2023
The Culture and Tourism Ministry is taking nessecary steps to secure and protect artifacts in the southern province of Hatay’s archaeological museum, including the masterpiece statue of the Hittite King II Suppiluliuma, from quakes and aftershocks that continue days after the deadly Feb. 6 quakes. Source: Hürriyet Daily News
March 7, 2023
The god statues on Mount Nemrut, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Kahta district stayed strong and did not get damaged during the earthquake. While the historical statues on Mount Nemrut were not damaged, some structures were damaged, and some parts of the mountain completely collapsed. Source: Hürriyet Daily News
March 13, 2023
New paintings believed to be from the prehistoric era have come to light during the ongoing studies on Mount Latmos (Beşparmak), home to significant rock paintings from ancient times. Source: Hürriyet Daily News
March 14, 2023
Belgian archaeologists digging at the site of the ancient Roman city of Sagalassos in southwestern Turkey recently unearthed a most unusual burial. The tomb held the cremated remains of a man who’d lived in the second century AD, and what made this burial so remarkable is that it was sealed with two dozen bricks and an additional layer of plaster. Topping everything off, more than three dozen bent nails were sprinkled around the edges of the tomb as well, presumably as magic talismans meant to keep the deceased person trapped inside. Source: Ancient Origins
March 24, 2023
Teams affiliated with the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums have recovered 288 artifacts from many historical and cultural structures destroyed in the earthquake through excavation studies. The recovered items, including inscriptions, coins, icons, candlesticks, Ottoman coat of arms, and crosses that were saved from Hatay and other provinces have been taken under protection in museums and excavation houses. Source: Daily Sabah
March 29, 2023
Preparations are underway as Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry is preparing to establish a coordination center, where historical heritage preservation activities will be carried out. The ministry asked universities to send any information, document, research, thesis, picture, etc. about the quake-hit city of Hatay in an attempt to reconstruct the life and cultural texture there again. Source: Hürriyet Daily News