May 2016 in Turkish archaeology

Fasıllar - Atlıkaya (Rock with a Horse)
Fasıllar - Atlıkaya (Rock with a Horse)

Turkish Archaeological News collects the most important, interesting and inspiring news from Turkish excavation sites. Here's the review for May 2016. Have we missed anything? Let us know by using Contact tab!

May 2, 2016

Horseracing rules found on 2,000-year-old tablet in central Turkey

Horseracing rules written on a 2,000-year-old tablet were uncovered in the Beyşehir district of the Central Anatolian province of Konya on May 2. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 10, 2016

Historian discovers 2000-year-old bridge in Turkey's western Bursa province

A history researcher has come across a bridge, estimated to be around 2000 years old in the Orhangazi district of Turkey's western Bursa province. Source: Daily Sabah

May 11, 2016

Ancient bone to shed light on Anatolian history

Researchers at Boston University have detected DNA samples in a 5,000-year-old temporal bone discovered during excavations at İzmir’s Yeşilova mound, one of the oldest excavation areas in the history of Anatolia. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 12, 2016

Black Sea Castle set to become tourism spot

Excavations are set to resume at Ordu’s 2,300-year-old Kurul Castle, the first scientific excavation field in the eastern Black Sea region, as the site will be transformed into a new tourism center which will “change Ordu’s history.” Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 15, 2016

Rare 5,000-year-old kurgan-type tumulus from the Bronze Age unearthed in Istanbul

Istanbul Archeology Museum has announced on Monday that they have made the largest archeological discovery of the year by unearthing 'the first and oldest 5,000-year-old tumulus in the country' in the Istanbul's Silivri district, expected to shed light on the history of Istanbul and Thrace. Source: Daily Sabah

May 18, 2016

Ancient fossils moving to new museum in Turkey’s Çankırı

Ancient fossils dating back 8.5 million years, currently on display at the Çankırı Culture and Tourism Directorate, are set to be moved to the new Çankırı Museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 21, 2016

The past is red, Neolithic findings suggest

The ancients of the Neolithic era 8,500 years ago might have been “painting the town red” a whole lot earlier than over-exuberant revelers of the 1800s, according to new findings from the Yeşilova Mound in İzmir, which suggest red was the favorite color of the prehistoric inhabitants and was used extensively. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 26, 2016

Ancient sculpture of bell-skirted woman draws interest at Malatya Museum

A sculpture of a woman dating back to 2,000 B.C., discovered in the İmamoğlu mound on an island in the Karakaya Dam Lake in Turkey’s eastern province of Malatya, has been drawing great interest from visitors at the Malatya Museum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 27, 2016

New inscription found in Antalya's Aspendos

An inscription has been discovered in the ancient city of Aspendos in the southern province of Antalya, according to the head of excavations in the ancient city, Hacettepe University Archaeology Department Professor Veli Köse. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 28, 2016

Çatalhöyük drawing world’s attention to Anatolia

Çatalhöyük’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List has done wonders for tourism at the 9,000-year-old site in Central Anatolia, according to the head of the excavations at the site, Professor Ian Hodder. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 30, 2016

Architect Sinan’s waterway discovered in excavations

Excavations in the northwestern province of Edirne have unearthed a waterway that the famous Ottoman architect Sinan constructed to ensure access to clean water for the former imperial capital. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Excavations nearing an end in Safranbolu

Excavation works which have been continuing at the Göztepe Tumulus in the Black Sea province of Karabük’s Safranbolu district will soon come to an end. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 31, 2016

Virgin Mary Monastery to draw Sümela’s visitors

The historic rock-carved Virgin Mary Monastery in the Black Sea province of Giresun is expected to draw a lot more interest in the near future after a more famous nearby monastery, Sümela in Trabzon, was closed for restoration work. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Archeologists excavate 2,500 year-old women's jewelry in southern Turkey

Archeologists discovered on Tuesday women's jewelry, believed to be 2,500-year-old, during ongoing excavations in Milas district of Turkey's southern Muğla province. Source: Daily Sabah