A burst of water pipes washed out ancient sarcophagi in the Biga district of Çanakkale province, western Turkey. While repairing the pipes the workers discovered three sarcophagi that afterwards have been unearthed and examined by experts.
Remains of 2000-year-old fountains, a pool, and irrigation channels used for maintaining gardens in ancient Petra, south-western Jordan, were discovered by archaeologists.
Several Bronze Age fortified settlements, dating to 4th millennium BC, were found during the course of the research project in Jordan. They are said to be among the earliest fortifications in Southwest Asia.
Archaeologists excavating the Çavuştepe Castle in the Gürpınar district of East Turkey’s Van province unearthed numerous architectural features including a sewage system dating back 2800 years.
At least three giant tumuli were recently destroyed by illegal looting activity involving use of heavy mechanised equipment in the province of Kastamonu, northern Turkey. Mechanical diggers dug through tumuli near the village of Alpagut leaving a trail of destruction.
A study of sequenced DNA from remains of cats dated from 13000 BC to 18th century AD reveals how cats spread throughout ancient Eurasia and Africa.
Archaeologists discovered an Ottoman period building in Ashkelon, Israel. The building was once used by local inhabitants engaged in fishing along the Mediterranean coast.
Excavations on a hill in Shazand, Markazi province, Iran, revealed remains of a settlement dating back 8000 years. The site contains relics from different periods, starting from the Neolithic.
A swimmer at a resort located at the southern corner of Sea of Galilee, Israel, discovered five World War I artillery shells. They are said to probable have been dumped by retreating Turkish troops a century ago.
The site of the Kanlıtaş mound near İnönü, Eskişehir province, western Turkey, revealed cereal that is believed to be 8000 years old. These are one of the oldest grain samples ever to be found in Anatolia.
Shortly after one sarcophagus was found by the Police within an illegal dig in Hisardere near Iznik, Bursa province, North-west Turkey, a second one was discovered.
The team of archaeologists investigating the ancient site of Petra in Jordan discovered two marble statues of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, one accompanied by Cupid. The statues are said to be absolutely exquisite in its form and craft.
Excavations at Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel, revealed a rare golden coin. It bears the image of Roman emperor Nero and can be dated to 56/57 AD.
A Neolithic female figurine was discovered during excavations at the fameous Çatalhöyük site in central Anatolia, Turkey. The statue is dated to about 8000-5500 BC.
A Police team investigating a case of a stolen vehicle discovered an ancient Roman sarcophagus in Hisardere near Iznik, Bursa province, North-west Turkey. Upon excavation of the object it was possible to date the find to the 2nd century AD.
An impressive mosaic was found near Simav, Kütahya province, West Turkey, in an area destroyed by fire in 2005. The mosaic, depicting various animals, is said to date back to 2th-3rd century AD, to the Roman Period.
Despite ongoing war in Syria, archaeological works in the ancient city of Karkemish, Gaziantep province, on the Turkish-Syrian border continue. The archaeologists and Turkish authorities plan to open the site for public as an open-air museum in 2017.
A stone seal stamp from the Hittite era was recently discovered at a site called Tatarlı Mound, Adana province, South Turkey. The find, dating back to the 13th century BC contains the woman’s name “Pati”.
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.