January 2019 in Turkish archaeology

A historical house in Safranbolu
A historical house in Safranbolu

January 2019 could as well be called the month of restorations because the most important events reported in this month concerned numerous renovation projects. Among other events, the repair work on the roof of Istanbul's Haydarpaşa Train Station, damaged in a fire in 2010, was completed, the restoration of Bayburt Castle was initiated, and the renovation of the Stable Mansion at the Beylerbeyi Palace compound on the Asian shore of the Bosporus was completed. Moreover, 23 historical shops in Safranbolu will be restored soon. Last but not least, the renovated sections of Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace were finally opened to visitors.

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January 1, 2019

Splendid palace of Middle East comes to light in Turkey’s Harran

Excavations at the 9th century Harran Palace in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Harran district, one of the world’s oldest settlements and on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Temporary List, have revealed a bathhouse and its details. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

January 2, 2019

Restoration work completed on roof of Istanbul’s landmark Haydarpaşa Train Station

The restoration work on the roof of Istanbul's landmark Haydarpaşa Train Station which was damaged in a fire that broke out in 2010 has been completed, reports said Wednesday. Source: Daily Sabah

January 3, 2019

Scientists' work sheds light on eastern Anatolian history

A team under the leadership of professor Alpaslan Ceylan, has carried out research in the eastern Anatolia region in order to determine historical and archaeological centers, introducing a large number of historical artifacts, documents and archaeological findings that were about to be lost to science if not for their 20-year study. Source: Daily Sabah

Archaeologists find 2,600-year-old health center in Turkey’s Gölyazı

A team of archaeologists has found an ancient health center and medical tools in excavations in Turkey's touristic Gölyazı village in northwestern Bursa province, the Demirören News Agency (DHA) reported Thursday. Source: Daily Sabah

January 3, 2019

Bayburt Castle to regain old glory after restoration

Bayburt Castle, the third largest in Turkey by residential area, was mentioned as "Çinimaçin Castle" in historical sources because of the use of tiles on its walls. Source: Daily Sabah

January 4, 2019

Book on ‘unknown Perge’ hits shelves

The researcher and writer Özgen Acar has released a new book called “Çoban Herkül’ü Yordu” (Çoban Tired Heracles), chronicling the unknown facts about the smuggling of historical artifacts in the ancient city of Perge in southern Turkey over the last half century. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

January 5, 2019

Ancient necropolis in Turkey's Antalya to be turned into museum by March

An ancient necropolis discovered during construction works of a cultural center in Turkey's southern Antalya province will be turned into an open-air museum and welcome local and foreign tourists alike in March. Source: Daily Sabah

January 7, 2019

Necropolis area in Antalya becomes cultural center

A 2,500-year-old necropolis unearthed during the construction of a cultural center in the southern province of Antalya in 2008 will become a museum, adding to the province’s rich array of ancient venues. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

January 8, 2019

Ancient mosaics discovered in Osmaniye

Ancient mosaics were discovered on Jan 7 in the southern province of Osmaniye’s Kadirli district, which is known for its radish production. One of the mosaics depicts a radish, officials said, adding that they also found the first written document regarding Kadirli on the mosaics. Source: Daily Sabah

January 9, 2019

Turkey's Giresun island eyes UNESCO tentative heritage list

The Governor's Office in Turkey's Black Sea province of Giresun has launched work to apply for Giresun Island to be included in UNESCO's tentative list of world heritage. Source: Daily Sabah

January 10, 2019

Restored sections of Topkapı Palace open

Restored sections of Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace, from where Ottoman emperors ruled territories spanning continents for nearly four centuries, were opened to visitors on Jan. 9. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

January 11, 2019

23 historical shops to be restored in Turkey's Safranbolu

Some 23 historical shops in Karabük's Safranbolu district, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be restored as part of the "Improvement of Asmaaltı Neighborhood" project. Source: Daily Sabah

January 12, 2019

2,000-year-old Byzantine road found in Istanbul hotel construction site

A 2,000-year-old road containing artifacts dating back to the Byzantine period were discovered during the construction of a hotel in Istanbul's Kadıköy district on the Asian side, reports said Saturday. Source: Daily Sabah

January 17, 2019

Restorations reveal 500-year-old handiwork in Rumi’s tomb in Konya

Centuries-old carvings and calligraphy decorations have been uncovered during restoration work at a tomb dedicated to Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, the famed 13th century Sufi Muslim poet and scholar, in central Turkey's Konya province. Source: Daily Sabah

January 18, 2019

Theater tickets exist since 2,200 years in Turkey

West Theater in Laodikeia Antique City, in Denizli, revealed it had a seating arrangement system with tickets 2,200 years ago as in today's theater. Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Beylerbeyi Palace’s luxurious Ottoman horse stable restored

The restoration of the Stable Mansion at the Beylerbeyi Palace compound on the Asian shore of the Bosporus has been completed, and the site will soon open as a museum, reports said Thursday. Source: A News

460 million-year-old seashell fossil found among donations to Bodrum maritime museum

One of the seashells donated to a maritime museum in Turkey's southwestern resort town of Bodrum by a businessman has turned out to be a fossil with 460 million years of history, reports revealed Friday. Source: Daily Sabah

January 30, 2019

Roman-era burial chamber found in Şanlıurfa

A Roman-era burial chamber carved from rock has been unearthed in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Bozova district. Source: Hürriyet Daily News