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Prisoners excavate in ancient Kedrai

An excavation team made up of 25 people, includes 15 prisoners who have been working to reveal historical artifacts in the ancient city of Kedrai on Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, off the western province of Muğla. The ancient city is home to the ruins of the Apollon Temple, theater and cemetery.

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Excavations ‘could change religious history of Anatolia’

AMASYA


Persian settlement unearthed in the northern province of Amasya will change the religious history of Anatolia, according to Istanbul University Archaeology Professor Şevket Dönmez, who has spent many years leading excavations at the Oluz Mound where the find was made.

Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, Dönmez said they discovered the mound in 1999 during a surface survey and excavations have been ongoing since 2007.

Dönmez said that they had recently finished the 11th season of excavations and so far have delivered 1,030 artifacts from the Persian-era settlement to the museum.

“We have also unearthed important cultural layers and cities. We have made some very important discoveries during these excavations. They are important enough to change the religious history in Anatolia,” he added, noting that the settlement dates back to the 5th century B.C.

“We have found a temple complex never previously seen in Anatolian archaeology. The temple is really original and provides information about the people who revered the element of fire, which is early Zoroastrianism. There is a holy room inside where fires were lit. There are also other rooms. Most importantly, we unearthed objects that were used in the temple,” Dönmez said.

Some of the findings date back as far as 2,000 years before the emergence of Christianity.

“The settlement shows that Anatolia was one of the holy geographies of Zoroastrianism, the sacred scripture of which is Avesta,” Dönmez said.

While Zoroastrianism originated in Iran, the excavations in Amasya show that the religion also had a presence in Anatolia.

“The Oluz Mound is the only such settlement discovered on Anatolian soil. We know there was a lake here. The Ancient Persians loved living ecosystems and established parks and they carried their fire culture from Amasya to other places. We discovered this fact. Maybe we will restore the fire temple. We are working on it,” Dönmez said.

He stressed that the latest findings are “just the beginning,” saying that if they continue to work on the site they could unearth the entire temple.

“We could publicly announce it in publications and organize visits. It would be a big move for the Central Black Sea region,” Dönmez said.

Founded by the Prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3,500 years ago, Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions.

The official religion of Persia from 600 BCE to 650 CE, it used to be one of the most powerful religions in the world, but is now one of the smallest, with probably less than 190,000 followers worldwide, according to a 2006 report by the New York Times.

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DAILY TOURS AND EXCURSIONS IN BODRUM
Daily tours and excursiones from Bodrum including Bot Trips, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Dalyan, Caunos

https://www.everydayturkeytours.com/dailybodrumtours.html
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Oh yes! I went to Istanbul, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Pammukale, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Konya and Ankara. Turkey is one of my favorite places! The ruins and combinations of ancient civilizations were fascinating. The food was fresh, healthy and delicious and the people were gracious and kind.

I was there in October/November 2011 and it was nice to be without some of the bigger crowds of high season. The inspiration for me to visit Turkey came from the old History Channel show “Cities of the Underworld”, where the host explores the secret subterranean tunnels and cisterns found beneath someone’s house.

Another thing I loved was the affection of Turks for their cats. In Istanbul especially, cats roam everywhere. They are healthy, sleek and well cared for. Many kind people feed and care for their neighborhood cats. I never once saw a trace of a mouse or rodent the whole time I was there (which is very unlike the city where I live).

The roads (at least that I traveled on) were in spectacular shape and the infrastructure and public transportation was good. Especially impressive to me was the multilingual abilities of most of the waiters, shopkeepers and cashiers. They would first try to deduce your nationality and try French, Spanish, German, English or Russian accordingly.

I would go back in a heartbeat!

https://www.quora.com/Have-you-visited-Turkey-before/answer/Rachel-Simpson-14?srid=5obDh
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DAILY TOURS AND EXCURSIONS IN ANTALYA
Including Perge, Aspendos, Side, Manavgat, Demre, Myra, Cappadocia and Pamukkale tours from Antalya

https://www.everydayturkeytours.com/dailyantalyatours.html
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Artifacts recover in stone hospital

MUĞLA

Artifacts recover in stone hospital
Hundreds of historical artifacts unearthed in the 3,000-year-old ancient city of Stratonikeia in the western province of Muğla’s Yatağan district are being restored in a field called “stone hospital.”

Excavations and rescue works have been ongoing in the ancient city of Stratonikeia in the Eskihisar neighborhood.

Works have also been continuing in the city’s other Seljuk- and Ottoman-era structures including a Seljuk bath, the Şaban Ağa Mosque and Billa House.

Damaged stone artifacts found during works are being restored to their original state in the stone hospital.
Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, the head of the Stratonikeia excavations, Bilal Söğüt, said a team of experts made up of archaeologists, conservators and restorers are working hard in a field they call the stone hospital.

He said the artifacts in the ancient city, where settlement continued since the Hellenistic era, were carried to the stone hospital and restored.

Söğüt said the stone hospital was very important for Stratonikeia because “here we can treat everything related to the stone, from the base of a column to steles and friezes. All broken stones from the ancient times can be restored.”

The team, Söğüt said, started working after determining the period of the artifacts.

“The treatment of the artifacts depends on their size and the damage they have. For example, an artifact broken into 50 pieces can be restored in 10 days. Like bone fractures in a human body, if there is only one fracture in the human body, it can be treated with a single operation, but in multiple fractures this process is done in stages. What we do is like this,” Söğüt said.

Noting that the process applied to the stone was not limited to the work done in the stone hospital, Söğüt said:

“After the treatments in the stone hospital, if there is no concern that the original place of the artifact can harm the artifact, we put it there again.”

“When we restore the body of a column, we put it in its original place. But when we restore the head of the column we wait for the completion of the treatment of the column. At this point, we prevent the destruction of the restored artifacts,” he added.

He stressed the artifacts unearthed would shed light on various periods.

“We do not replace every piece of artifacts taken from the city. For example, if the work has a relief, we keep it in the excavation house. If we find a sculpture in the excavations, it gets delivered to the Muğla Museum at the end of the year after the treatment. We deliver all artifacts that can be displayed to the museum too. We keep architectural artifacts here. But the copies of the artifacts that will be sent to the museum are sometimes exhibited here,” he said.

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http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-recover-in-stone-hospital-121871

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