Due to diplomatic tension between Turkey and Austria this year’s archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Ephesus, carried out by the Austrian Archaeology Institute have been cancelled by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
A skeleton dated to the Hittite period marks this seasons’ second important discovery at the ancient ruins of the Hittite city at Alacahöyük in Anatolian province of Çorum, Turkey. The skeleton marks the first Hittite-era individual discovered in the region.
Construction workers discovered a Byzantine Era stone tablet in a field in Karaman province, central Turkey. The stone tablet contains writing in Greek that was possible to be read.
A 2100-year-old statue of the mother goddess Cybele was discovered during excavations at the Kurul Kalesi, or the Council Fortress, site in Turkey’s north-western Ordu province by the Black Sea coast.
Excavations at the site of a settlement mound near Hacilar in Burdur province, Turkey, revealed a 5000-year-old seal. The site is known for its Neolithic remains of houses made of wood and daub or mud-brick.
Archaeologists conducting underwater excavations in the area of Turkey’s Antalya province’s shore have discovered a trove of 800-900-years-old pottery on the sea floor. The pottery is of very fine craftsmanship and contains fish and flower motifs unique to the era.
A Hellenistic burial chamber was discovered at a construction site in Toptepe, Samsun province, Turkey. The structure is believed to be 2300 years old.
A 1500-year-old jar was discovered by a farmer, working with a tractor in his field in the area of Karacabey, Bursa province, north-western Turkey.
Turkish police officers in Aksaray region, central Turkey, confiscated a specimen of a Bible, believed to have been written in 11th century from two men who were trying to sell the object.
A hoard of 12 century copper coins, containing 273 specimen was discovered during excavations near the village of Uzuntepe in Jalilabad region, south-eastern Azerbaijan. The coins date back to the rule of the Eldiguzid dynasty in 12th century AD.
Excavations at the Acemhöyük site, a Bronze Age Assyrian trade colony located near modern Yeşilova in Aksaray province of Turkey, revealed a terracota rattle dating back to 2200 BC. The rattle is said to be one of the most interesting artefacts found at the site this season.
Excavations in the Izmir province, West Turkey, revealed a well-preserved brick vault structure. It was discovered in the area of the ancient Mediterranean city of Metropolis, presently between the Yeniköy and Özbet villages. The structure is a part of a bath-palaestra complex that dates back 1900 years.
Israel Antiquities Authority received artefacts from a family of a man who collected numerous ancient objects but recently deceased. The man was a power station worker at the Orot Rabin Power Station in Hadera, West Israel.
Archaeologists conducting excavations in the Yumurtalık district of the Adana province in south-eastern Turkey discovered an elaborate mosaic depicting the ancient Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The artwork is dated to 2-4th century BC.
Excavations at Alacahöyük, one of the most important Hittite sites in Turkey, revealed a secret tunnel, called a potern. The unexpected discovery this season was made during work at a sanctuary found in 2014.
Archaeologists excavating in the Prusias ad Hypium site near Aynalı in Düzce district of Turkey revealed remains of a Roman villa containing a mosaic floor. The find in the ancient Roman city is dated to between 300-400 AD.
Archaeological project conducted by archaeologists from Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom discovered a human bone that is said to possibly be 90000 years old. The find was made at Taas al-Ghadha site, near Tayma in northwestern Saudi Arabia.
During excavations at Gush Etzion site, south of Jerusalem, Israel, a stone ballista ball was discovered, possibly dating to the times of the Bar-Kochba revolt (132-136 AD) against the Roman Empire.
Archaeologists in northern Israel unearthed remains of a synagogue. The discovery made on the Tel Recheš Peak in Galilee region is dated to the end of the Second Temple Era in the first century AD.
Early Medieval settlement at the present-day town of Agsu in Azerbaijan was unearthed by archaeologists. The town dated from 3rd to 4th century AD developed around a Sassanid period fortress walls.