Roman-era mosaic tiles found in Milas

Excavations in a field in Milas, a district of the southwestern province of Muğla, has uncovered mosaic tiles belonging to the Roman era.

Roman-era mosaic tiles found in Milas
Excavations unearthed Roman-era mosaic tiles one meter belowground, leading
archaeologists to continue their work at the field [Credit: AA/Ferdi Asıcı]
The excavations began after the Milas Gendarmerie Command raided a store in Milas upon a tip-off and found five Roman-era pots there. Also, three unregistered rifles, one unregistered handgun and fireworks were seized in the raid. Two suspects were taken into custody.

An excavation team then started working in the field where the two suspects reportedly said they had found the pots. Excavations unearthed mosaic tiles one meter below the surface. The excavations at the field continue.

Milas District Governor Bahattin Atçı, gendarmerie Lt. Col. Ertuğrul Memiş and gendarmerie Lt. Gürkan Uygun held a press conference on Friday about the findings. Atçı said he believes the newly found tiles will significantly contribute to Turkey's cultural wealth. “We already knew that there were very precious historical artifacts in the region. We need to focus more on unearthing them,” he said.

Atçı noted that the mosaic tiles that have been found might be as valuable as ones found in the ancient city of Zeugma in the southern province of Gaziantep. Zeugma is one of the four most important historical settlements under the reign of the Kingdom of Commagene.

The district governor said he hopes the artifacts draw archeologists' attention to the region. He also stressed that they are also trying to increase intelligence activities and operations against illegal excavations and called on locals to inform the authorities if they know anything about any illegal excavation.

Last year, a 2,000-year-old relief bust of a king was discovered during excavations in the ancient city of Stratonikeia -- where the largest gymnasium in Anatolia and a gladiator graveyard are located -- in Muğla's Yatağan district. The bust, which is one-and-a-half meters tall and nearly two meters wide, features depictions of bull heads and the figure of a goddess.

Source: Todays Zaman [May 03, 2013]

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