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Byzantine tombs, church excavated in ancient Tieion

This year’s excavation works have ended in the ancient city of Tieion, also known as Filyos, on the south coast of the Black Sea in present-day Turkey, after unearthing 25 Byzantine tombs and one church.

Byzantine tombs, church excavated in ancient Tieion
The remains of a Byzantine Church at ancient Tieion [Credit: DHA]
Located in the Çaycuma district of Zonguldak province, the Greek city of Tieion dates back to the 6th or 7th century BC and excavations at the site started 10 years ago.

Among the artefacts unearthed during excavations on a field of 60 hectares, colour pans and pots, written documents, the remains of a bath, a church, a temple, a harbor, castle and coastal walls, an aqueduct, a breakwater, an ancient theater, coins and ceramics were found.

Karabük University Archaeology Department academic Şahin Yıldırım said excavations of Tieion had unearthed many important artefacts since starting 10 years ago.

“This year’s works were finished last week. During works over 40 days, we unearthed 25 tombs. The skeletons in the tombs have been sent to the lab for further examinations. A Byzantine church was also completely unearthed and a restoration project was initiated. We will continue with the work at Tieion next year,” Yıldırım said.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [September 07, 2016]

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