Officers of the Istanbul Police Department have detained a man over illegal excavation in the city’s historical Sultanahmet neighborhood. Numerous Byzantine and pre-Byzantine artefacts were confiscated.
A rounded block of marble, used as a table in a hospital in Turgutlu, West Turkey, was identified a part of a historical column from the Roman era.
Archaeologists working at a construction site at İsmet Paşa district of Muğla province, western Turkey, discovered an ancient jar containing burnt human remains. It is believed to date to the Hellenistic period.
Excavations at Stratonikeia in Turkey’s Muğla province revealed 65 tombs containing remains of inhabitants of the city from Roman times.
Underwater archaeological investigation in Lake Van, Turkey, revealed a shipwreck that is believed to be a Russian military cargo vessel made in 1915.
An artefact covered with a medical prescription made in cuneiform script was seized by the Police Department in Diyarbakır, Turkey. The text is now believed to be the oldest medical handbook in the history of medicine.
Excavations at the ancient city of Magarsus, Adana province, south Turkey, unearthed an ancient theatre. The site was a religious centre of Mallus, one of the most important cities of the ancient Cilicia civilization, famous for its ancient temples.
An international project conducted in the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan was stopped. It was revealed that the reason was the smuggle of historical artefacts by the German archaeology team participating in the project.
Construction workers discovered ancient artefacts in Gaybiefendi, Kütahya province, central Turkey. Archaeological investigation revealed 2000-year-old Roman tombs at the sites.
Excavations at the ancient city of Dascylium, Balıkesir province, West Turkey, unearthed a 2600 years old kitchen. The ancient city was once part of Kingdom of Lydia in Anatolia.
A Hellenistic period burial chamber was discovered in the ancient Greek city of Mylasa, in Muğla province, south-west Turkey, during construction works. Excavations revealed a 2400-year-old burial chamber of a wealthy royal family.
Archaeologists discovered a 2200-year-old ancient burial chamber from the Paphlagonian Era in Turkey’s northern Kastamonu province – first of a kind in the area.
Excavations at Istanbul’s Avcılar district unearthed hundreds of unguentaria – small ceramic or glass bottles – containing traces of antidepressants and heart medications. The find was made at the site of ancient Greek city of Bathonea.
Archaeologists discovered 5000-year-old grape seeds at the Yassıtepe Mound in Bornova district of Turkey’s Izmir province. The site is located near the oldest known settlement located in Turkey, 8500-years-old Yeşilova Mound.
Cave art dating back 8000 years was discovered near Mersin, southern Turkey. The cave located in the city’s Gülnar district holds the first cave paintings in Middle Taurus mountains in the region of Cilicia.
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.
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.
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.
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.