May 2017 in Turkish archaeology

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May 2, 2017

1,700-year-old temple reveals ancient religion in east Anatolia

As part of the excavations conducted over the last four years at the Zerzevan Castle in Diyarbakır province, where an underground church, underground shelter and secret passages were discovered formerly, a 1,700-year-old underground temple, belonging to the Mithras religion, has recently been unearthed. Source: Daily Sabah

Turkey retrieved over 4,000 smuggled artifacts in a decade, archaeologist says

Over 4,000 smuggled historical artifacts have been repatriated to Turkey between 2004 and 2016, a professor of archeology said Tuesday, as country spends tremendous effort to prevent smuggling of historical artifacts. Source: Daily Sabah

Stolen 13th century manuscript’s auction in London stopped by Turkish authorities

A rare handwriting dating back to the Seljuk era was prevented from being sold illegally in an auction in Britain just in time. A Turkish Ph.D. student located in Utrecht, the Netherlands, realized a dubious item on a Sotheby's auction list and, after conducting preliminary research he informed Turkish authorities who halted the sale. Source: Daily Sabah

May 3, 2017

Authorities seize rare Ottoman books in western Turkey

Turkish police conducted a raid in the Keşan district of the western province of Edirne Wednesday, during which they discovered writings from the Ottoman period, including a Quran worth 100,000 Turkish liras (approximately $28,000). Source: Daily Sabah

May 4, 2017

Traces of Palmyra seen in ancient Zeugma

Some sculptures unearthed during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Zeugma, which are on display at the Gaziantep Archaeology Museum, have been identified to have the same style as the ones in Syria’s ancient Palmyra city, which is currently on the world’s agenda after it received severe damage from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Çukurova Museum offers view of past hardships

Based in Osmaniye province, the Kadirli City Museum, which was closed seven years ago after serving as a prison for 40 years, was converted to a museum last year and has been visited by 50,000 visitors. Source: Daily Sabah

May 5, 2017

Lost stele found buried in a garden

An ancient funerary stele, unearthed last year during construction work in the Central Anatolian province of Konya’s Ereğli district and claimed to have been sold, was found on May 3 buried in the garden of the digging company. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 6, 2017

Ancient Perge surviving, but locals are not

The wonders of the ancient city of Perge in Antalya have survived until the present day, but locals who make a living off of the site are facing an array of economic threats due to a drop in the number of visitors. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 7, 2017

Three more Turkish sites enter UNESCO’s temporary list

Three more Turkish sites have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage, bringing the total number of Turkish properties on the list up to 72, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism stated on May 6. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Perga mosaics showing Oceanus and Medusa to be exhibited in Turkey’s Antalya

Tombs decorated with well-preserved mosaics showing Oceanus and Medusa of the Greek mythology found during excavations in 2003 in the ancient city of Perga will be put on display soon. Source: Daily Sabah

May 9, 2017

Çorum deputy asks return of Ankara’s Hittite artifacts

Ruling Justice and Development Party Çorum deputy and parliament’s administrative chief Salim Uslu said they have initiated works to move Hittite civilization artifacts at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara and the Hittite Sun Course Monument in the capital’s Sıhhiye Square to the Central Anatolian province of Çorum. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Legendary Ottoman architect’s Sinan’s historic Turkish bath put up for sale in Istanbul

A 16th century Turkish bath built by renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan in Istanbul has been put up for sale with an asking price of 3 million euros, daily Birgün reported on May 9. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Series of negligence haunts recovered 2,700-year-old Hittite stela

A series of negligent events regarding a 2,700-year-old Hittite stela over the course of a year demonstrated the ways in which Turkey still needs to adopt consistent and more effective measures in protecting its rich cultural heritage. Source: Daily Sabah

Ancient sarcophagus discovered during road work in Istanbul's Tuzla

Construction workers have found an ancient sarcophagus during road work in Istanbul's Tuzla district, reports said Tuesday. Source: Daily Sabah

May 11, 2017

Perge mosaics as magnificent as the ones in Zeugma

Mosaics unearthed during excavation works in the ancient city of Perge in the southern province of Antalya are dubbed “Turkey’s second Zeugma” for its alluring appearance. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Ancient stele turns out to be fake

A 2,700-year-old ancient funerary stele that went missing before being found in the yard of an excavation company has turned out to be a fake. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 12, 2017

550-year-old shrine moved before being inundated in Turkey’s Hasankeyf

A 550-year-old historic shrine in Hasankeyf has been moved before the area is flooded by the Ilısu Dam in the southeastern province of Batman, Doğan News Agency has reported. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 16, 2017

Ancient City of Shu'ayb in southeastern Turkey awaits visitors

Located in the province of Şanlıurfa, the ancient city of Shu'ayb is a must-see destination for those interested in Roman and religious history as the ancient city is believed to be where the prophet Shu'ayb lived. Source: Daily Sabah

May 18, 2017

Perge Stadium returns to its heyday

The Roman-era Perge Stadium, which has a capacity of 12,000 people, will be restored and returned to its old glorious days. Dating back to the 2nd century, the stadium in Antalya’s ancient Perge city is one of the largest ancient stadiums in Anatolia. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 20, 2017

Çukurova’s Archaeology Museum opens

The first stage of the Adana Museum Complex, the Archaeology Museum, which is home to archaeological and ethnographical works as well as agricultural and industrial tools and machines, opened on May 18 with a ceremony. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Life of Hittites to be revived with village

A Hittite village will be established in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum’s Boğazkale in an effort to provide a taste of the ancient past. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 22, 2017

Archaeologists unearth 5,000 year old ‘luxury’ settlement in western Turkey

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement consisting of "luxurious" houses during excavations in Yassıtepe, which is connected to Yeşilova Höyük in Bornova district of Turkey's western Izmir province. Source: Daily Sabah

May 23, 2017

Artifacts in world’s first baptistery cleaned

Around 1,000 artifacts that have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in the Cultural Faith Park in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Nusaybin district have been meticulously cleaned in preparation for a publication on the area. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 24, 2017

Göbeklitepe readies for UNESCO with new façade

The ancient site of Göbeklitepe located in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa is getting ready to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List with a new roof protection. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

466-year-old mosque to be repaired in northeastern Turkey

The Iskender Pasha Mosque dating back 466 years to the Ottoman era will be restored by the end of 2017 in Turkey's northeastern Artvin province. Source: Daily Sabah

12 treasure hunters trying to sell ancient sarcophagus for $4M detained in Turkey’s Eskişehir

Gendarmerie teams successfully detained 12 treasure hunters who were trying to sell an ancient sarcophagus with an inscription of the cross for 4 million U.S. dollars in Turkey's northwestern Eskişehir province. Source: Daily Sabah

May 25, 2017

Mardin’s gallery grave opens to visitors

A 1,400 year-old gallery grave unearthed during archaeological works in the ancient city of Dara in the southeastern province of Mardin has been opened to visitors after necessary measures. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 26, 2017

Ancient tomb seized from treasure hunters in central Turkey

Twelve treasure hunters have been detained in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir after attempting to sell an ancient tomb with cross motif for $4 million. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Yassıtepe excavations reveal ancient luxurious life in İzmir

The Yassıtepe excavations that are ongoing at the Yeşilova Mound in the western Turkish province of İzmir have unearthed the ruins of 5,000-year-old structures, as well as “luxurious” residents at the time. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 29, 2017

Cross of 12th century Byzantine chapel stolen in southern Turkey

The cross of a 12th century Byzantine chapel, located outside the ancient city of Myra in the southern province of Antalya, has reportedly been stolen. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

May 31, 2017

Oldest Anatolian transcript found in Acemhöyük

The oldest known written document in Anatolia has been found during excavations in Acemhöyük Mound in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray. Source: Hürriyet Daily News