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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.