Known for its historical riches, the city of Antandros was once a lively settlement that was founded in the sixth century B.C. and was inhabited until the late Roman period. Ege University (EÜ) Faculty of Science and Classical Literature Archaeology Department's Assistant Professor Gürcan Polat stated that a 35-member excavation team comprising archaeologists and archaeology students were carrying out excavation studies. The studies in the necropolis area revealed ruins of residential areas form the late Roman Period and tombs and pots. The second area revealed a special bath, stairs to a second story and an entrance door to the first story of a house in a Roman villa. Other studies unveiled the existence of a sacred area at the site.
On the other hand, the French experts started excavations in Xanthos, the capital city of the Lycian Federation and its greatest city for most of Lycian history. The city, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, was a center of culture and commerce for the Lycians. The studies carried out, with a scientific team of some 20 French researchers directed by Bordeaux University Classical Archaeology Department Professor Jacques Des Courtlis, will continue until Aug. 3. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is funding the project.
The excavations in Xanthos located in Kaş, Antalya, unveiled Byzantium mosaics. Courtlis told the Doğan news agency that Byzantian mosaics were being repaired and drilling work was continuing at the site. Xanthos city, mentioned in many historical events and wars, hosts many rock tombs and various works unique to Lycian culture as well as an early Lycian period acropolis. The ancient city also welcomes guests who wish to visit the theater and a church from the early period from Christianity.
The Ancient city of Hadrianoupolis, located in the Black Sea province of Karabük, welcomed an excavation team comprised of 50 members. The studies funded by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Revolving Fund (DÖSİM) and carried out by Dokuz Eylül University's (DEÜ) Faculty of Science and Literature will last for two-and-a-half months.
The city possesses valuable historical assets including ancient columns, churches, cisterns, rock tombs and baths. Previous excavation works uncovered 13 main sections of a Roman period bath as well as unique mosaics featuring many animal figures, such as a horse, elephant, panther and deer. The team, consisting of 10 students and 40 workers directed by the DEU Archaeology Department Lecturer Assistant Professor Ergun Laflı, are going to dig in the ancient theater, Roman period memorial tomb and the late Roman period mosaics until the end of September. DÖSİM invested YTL 60,000 in the project.