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Ancient road uncovered in Turkey’s Tarsus

Works at an archaeological site in the southern province of Mersin’s historical Tarsus district have unearthed an ancient road.

Ancient road uncovered in Turkey’s Tarsus

In a written statement, Tarsus Museum Director Mehmet Çavuş said drainage work in the field had revealed an ancient road built using the polygonal technique.

Çavuş said a number of shops and terra-cotta jacking pipes were also uncovered at the western section of the ancient road.

“The basalt ancient road is 215 meters away from the historical Cleopatra Gate, known as the naval gate. It was one of the main arterial roads providing access to Mersin. The road has the same features as the Ancient Street, which was discovered in the center of Tarsus during excavations carried out between 1993 and 2003,” he added.

Editor's note

The name Tarsos is derived from Hittite Tarsa, probably named after the Hittite and Hurrian storm-god, Tarku (Tarhuntas). It appears as Tarsisi in the Akkadian texts of the Neo-Assyrian era and during the Hellenistic era it became known as Antiochia on the Cydnus (Greek: Αντιόχεια του Κύδνου, Latin: Antiochia ad Cydnum), to distinguish it from Syrian Antioch. It was known as Juliopolis to the Romans, Darson in Western Armenian and Tarson in Eastern Armenian.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [January 01, 2016]

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