February 2019 in Turkish archaeology

Mosaic from Hatay Archaeology Museum
Mosaic from Hatay Archaeology Museum

February 2019 was a month when many promises were made, including the extension of the Hatay Archaeology Museum and turning Tevfikiye into an archaeology village depicting the Troy era. Moreover, Turkish Police forces were busy capturing smugglers of ancient artefacts such as a collection of ancient Hebrew manuscripts.

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February 2, 2019

Fans made figurines of celebrities thousands of years ago in İzmir

Popular artists had fans in antiquity too. Fans made figurines out of baked clay to pay homage or show their admiration to the artists of the time thousands of years ago, archaeological excavations in the Aegean province of İzmir’s ancient theater of Smyrna have revealed. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

German WWII submarine found in Black Sea off the coast of Istanbul’s Şile

The wreck of a German U-class submarine that sank during World War II was found off the coast of Ağva in Istanbul's Şile district during a documentary shoot, reports said Friday. Source: Daily Sabah

February 4, 2019

Excavations in ancient city of Smyrna reveal figurines of ancient artists

Bringing light to the social, cultural and political life of the period, excavation of Smyrna Theater in İzmir province, which was covered by earth 1,500 years ago, continues. Source: Daily Sabah

February 5, 2019

Two mosaic fields in Germanicia open to visitors

Two newly discovered mosaic areas in the ancient city of Germanicia in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş have been opened to visitors. A part of the ancient city was opened in August last year. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

1,200-year Bible found in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

A Bible thought to be 1,200 years old was found in a police operation in southeastern Turkey, the governor’s office said on Feb. 5. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 15, 2019

Medieval medicine bottle unearthed in Harran

Archeologists have discovered a medieval earthenware bottle containing medicine in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s archaeological site of Harran. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 19, 2019

Hatay Archaeology Museum expanded

The Hatay Archaeology Museum, which opened four years ago in the southern province of Hatay, displays one of the world’s largest mosaic collections. The museum will expand when its second stage is finished soon. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 21, 2019

Tevfikiye village turns into a Troy-era archaeology park

Tevfikiye village in the northwestern province of Çanakkale has been turned into an archeology village depicting the Troy era. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

February 23, 2019

Majestic battleship sunk during WWI in Turkey’s Çanakkale to be opened to diving tourism

The wreck of the H.M.S Majestic, a Majestic-class pre-dreadnought battleship of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, which sank off the coasts of Gallipoli in northwestern Turkey's Çanakkale province during World War I, will be opened to diving tourism under a new project. Source: Daily Sabah

February 26, 2019

Police seize ancient handwritten Hebrew manuscripts in anti-smuggling op in southern Turkey

Turkish security forces confiscated stolen historical artifacts, including a collection of ancient Hebrew manuscripts, in an anti-smuggling operation Tuesday in Osmaniye province in southern Turkey. Source: Daily Sabah

February 27, 2019

Turkey, EU to establish archaeological institute in Gaziantep to preserve Anatolian cultural heritage

Turkey will establish the Anatolian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Institute in collaboration with the European Union in southeastern Gaziantep province to preserve the cultural richness of the region while promoting intercultural dialogue between the country and the EU. Source: Daily Sabah