Ancient Sebastapolis to undergo renewed excavations
The ancient city of Sebastapolis in the Sulusaray district of Tokat province in Turkey's Black Sea region is undergoing excavation and restoration work, according to a statement from the provincial director of culture and tourism, Abdurrahman Akyüz, who spoke to Anadolu Agency.
|Sebastapolis is believed to have been one of the top five Graeco-Roman cities |
in the Black Sea region 2,000 years ago [Credit: Daily Sabah]
Akyüz explained that Governor Cevdet Can wrote a letter of invitation to Prince Charles in hopes that he will return to the region, adding: "I hope he will come and see the advanced progress made in excavations of the ancient city. I hope that our excavations will reveal positive findings. Our greatest wish is for this effort to reveal historic, great works that will shed light on the history of Tokat. Sebastapolis is a very important ancient city."
GOÜ Faculty of Arts and Art History Department assistant associate professor, Dr. Şengül Dilek Ful, said that the resumption of excavations will include "working with 25 workers and a scientific delegation of 10 people. We plan to continue our work for 45 days."
Located 69 kilometers from Tokat's city center in Sulusaray, the ancient city of Sebastapolis is thought to have been founded in the first century B.C., according to some sources.
During the time of Roman Emperor Trajan from 98 to 117, the ancient city is thought to have been added to the province of Cappadocia after leaving the provinces of Pontus Galatius and Polemoniacus. The ancient city is situated near a major road and is close to thermal springs that are still used today and is believed to have been one of the top five cities in the Black Sea region 2,000 years ago.
Once a symbol of wealth, rulers of the ancient city of Sebastapolis printed currency, an ability that very few cities had during that period. Over time and after major wars, natural disasters and the migration path's waning significance, Sebastapolis was forgotten.
Source: Daily Sabah [July 20, 2016]