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Digging Up The Past – Turkey's Archaeological Discoveries

12th March 2016

Turkish archaeologists may soon unearth a lost underwater island off the coast of Istanbul. It's believed the lost island was first noticed on Byzantine maps and was photographed by an exploration team in 2015.

The Vordonisi Island was known to exist in the Byzantine era but now lies under the Marmara Sea, but if everything goes smoothly the island could soon be explored once more. While this is certainly big news for Turkish archaeologists and archaeology enthusiasts around the world it got me thinking about all the other big archaeological discoveries throughout Turkish history.

Turkey certainty does have a rich and interesting history and there have been many major archaeological discoveries during the years. Let's take a look at some of them in more detail below.

Nevşehir Underground City: Found quite recently in late 2014 this underground city found in the Central Anatolian Nevşehir province was believed to be the biggest archaeological discovery in 2014. The city was discovered accidentally when housing development work was being undertaken in the area and while excavation work is still being done it's believed the discovery could hold important information regarding Turkish history.

The 5,000-Year-Old Throne: Another recent discovery this time in late 2015, the 5000 year old throne room was discovered in Aslantepe in the Turkish province of Malatya. While much of the structure was burn and it might not look as picturesque as the famous ruins of Troy or Ephesus it still and important discovery that sheds light on the history and culture of the region.

Gobekli Tepe: Now this one is a little more famous and certainly a lot more mysterious. This ancient archaeological site was discovered on the top of a mountain ridge in the South-eastern Anatolia Region in 1994. While much of it is still very well preserved the real mystery is what the structure is actually for. Many experts believe it to be a place of worship but it's open to many interpretations and is certainly one of Turkey's more mysterious sites.

Hierapolis: Hierapolis is one of Turkey's most famous ancient ruin sites located in southwestern Anatolia above natural hot springs. This ancient city was first excavated in 1887 and has been excavated numerous times since. Each time more of the ancient city is uncovered and some significant findings include the Temple of Apollo, a 300 feet long theatre, a saw mill and ancient bath houses. The site now houses its own museum and the hot springs are still in use.

And there's many more out there we've only just scratched the surface. Who knows by this time next year the Vordonisi Island could be Turkey's next land mark discovery.


Written by David Varty - YellAli Content Team






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