October 2019 in Turkish archaeology

Arslantepe archaeological site
Arslantepe archaeological site

In October 2019, some important archaeological discoveries were made in the area of Turkey, including the finds in the sites of Arslantepe and Parion. However, the most astonishing news was the unearthing of an 11,300-year-old Neolithic-era temple in Mardin Province. The archaeologists found this temple with three mostly-intact steles and dated it to the same era as the Göbeklitepe excavation site in southeastern Şanlıurfa province.

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October 2, 2019

Ancient Cappadocia rock courthouse waits to be discovered

A historical courthouse carved into a rock and the Dungeon (Zindan) Hill, which consists of dungeons, in the Cappadocia region are waiting to be discovered. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 3, 2019

Archaeologists solve mystery of 1,850-year-old stage in western Turkey

Archaeologists have solved the mystery of the 1,850-year-old stage in the ancient port city of Parion (Parium) in Turkey's western Çanakkale province, reports said. Source: Daily Sabah

October 4, 2019

5700-year-old child skeleton unearthed in Turkey

A recently unearthed skeleton in eastern Turkey, dating back to 5,700 years ago, is thought have belonged to a child, according to the head of excavation. The skeleton was discovered in a residence dating back to the Late Chalcolithic era during ongoing excavations in the Archaeological Site of Arslantepe, located in the eastern Malatya province. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 5, 2019

Architecture of Parion stage revealed

Excavations in one of the important port cities in the ancient ages, Parion, have revealed information about the architecture of the stage building after five years of work. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 6, 2019

Ancient history swept away in Turkey

Hasankeyf on the Tigris, one of the oldest human settlements in the world, according to experts, is expected to disappear by the end of the year as the waters held by the Ilisu Dam rise and a 300-square-kilometre reservoir eventually floods the town. Source: 7News

October 7, 2019

Medieval, Seljuk-era ceramics unearthed in ancient ghost city of Ani on Turkish-Armenian border

Various glazed and unglazed ceramics belonging to medieval civilizations as well as the Anatolian Seljuk Empire were found during excavations carried out at the abandoned ancient archeological site of Ani on the Turkish-Armenian border, officials said Monday. Source: Daily Sabah

October 10, 2019

Mosaic in Çanakkale unearthed

Work is underway to uncover a colossal mosaic, which was found during an illegal excavation in the Lapseki district of the northwestern province of Çanakkale in May and evaluated as a 1,500-year-old artifact. The 120-square-meter mosaic dates back to the late Roman and early Byzantine periods. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 11, 2019

Roman Temple in Tieion unearthed

Archeological studies are going on to reveal a Roman temple unearthed in 2007 in the ancient city of Tieion in Çaycuma district of the Black Sea province of Zonguldak. Located in Filyos, the ancient city has been undergoing archaeological excavation for 13 years. Works are carried out by the Ereğli Museum Directorate. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Thracian civilization being unearthed

Excavations to be carried out in the ancient city of Heraion-Teikhos, which has traces of the Thracian civilization, in Süleymanpaşa district of the northwestern province of Tekirdağ, aim to reveal the health and cult centers of the Thracians. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 12, 2019

Stamps take visitors on a history journey

The PTT (Turkish Postal Service) Stamp Museum exhibits 8,375 stamps, which have been printed since 1863, as well as the philately products of 192 countries. The historical Real Estate and Eytam Bank building in the capital Ankara was restored by PTT AŞ and turned into a world-class cultural center with an area of 6,500 square meters and opened in 2013. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 14, 2019

Monumental gate boosts idea that local kingdom existed

An excavation team working at Hacılar Great Mound are jovial after finding a second monumental gate in the province of Burdur, unveiling a discovery that a local kingdom ruled the region in southwestern Turkey for some time. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 15, 2019

8M-year-old animal fossils unearthed in central Turkey

Anthropologists have unearthed 8 million-year-old fossils during excavations in central Turkey's Kayseri province. Source: Daily Sabah

October 17, 2019

Assos excavations reveal popularity of fishing in ancient times

Archaeological excavations in Assos, one of the most important port cities of antiquity, located within the boundaries of Behramkale village of Ayvacık district of Çanakkale, have unearthed three 2,300-year-old “fish plates” and a “fishing hook,” which are believed to date back to the same period. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 18, 2019

Arslantepe Mound must be in UNESCO, says professor

The head of the Arslantepe excavations, Professor Marcelle Frangipane said Arslantepe Mound, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, should be on the main list with its unique adobe palace and rich historical past. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 21, 2019

Tomb of Aratos found in southern Turkey

A memorial tomb of mathematician and scientist Aratos, who was the founder of astrology science and lived between 315-245, has been found in the southern province of Mersin’s Mezitli district. The tomb is believed to lie within the excavation area of Soli Pompeiopolis ancient city, which dates back 3,500 years. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 22, 2019

Assyrian seal unearthed in Turkey’s southeast

Archaeologists have unearthed an engraved stone seal some 3,000 years old in southeastern Turkey. The seal was discovered around Zerzevan Castle, also known as Samachi Castle, a once important military base for the Byzantine Empire now in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 24, 2019

7,000-year-old fortress wall uncovered in southern Turkey

A fortress wall dating 7,000 years back to the Chalcolithic Age has been unearthed at the Yumuktepe Mound in southern Turkey's Mersin province. Source: Daily Sabah

Secrets of early civilizations to be revealed at Hasankeyf Museum

A museum in southeastern Turkey's Batman province hosts some of the most compelling treasures from the early ages of civilization. Hasankeyf Museum, which opened recently, holds 1,453 works belonging to the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze, Iron and Middle ages and the Roman, Artuqid and Ottoman periods from five different cities: Batman, Mardin, Siirt, Şırnak and Diyarbakır. Source: Daily Sabah

October 27, 2019

Lost Byzantine castle found under water

Within the scope of the Yalova Coasts Ancient Harbor and Underwater Survey, which was carried out in Altınova district of the northwestern province of Yalova for two years, the Byzantine caste of Kibatos (Civetot) was discovered. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 28, 2019

1,900-year-old mausoleum tablet found in northwestern Turkey

Archaeologists have discovered a mausoleum tablet estimated to be 1,900 years old in the ancient Greek city of Parion in Çanakkale's Biga district in northwestern Turkey. Source: Daily Sabah

October 29, 2019

Women find livelihood in ancient city of Hera

Women working in the ancient city of Heraion-Teichos (city of Hera), which houses the traces of the Thracian civilizations in the Süleymanpaşa district of the northwestern province of Tekirdağ, make ends meet working at the excavations. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

October 30, 2019

11,300-year-old Neolithic-era temple unearthed in southeastern Turkey's Mardin

Archaeologists have unearthed a Neolithic-era temple with three mostly-intact steles during excavations in southeastern Turkey’s Mardin province. Source: Daily Sabah

October 31, 2019

Kayseri Museum moves to historic castle

The Kayseri Archaeology Museum awaits its visitors at its new venue: The historic castle of the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, housing never-before-seen artifacts and display rooms. Source: Hürriyet Daily News