Works resume at ancient city of Hadrianapolis
Works have been resumed, after two years, in the ancient city of Hadrianapolis in the northern Turkish province of Karabük (Greek Paphlagonia).
|Mosaics found during excavations at the ancient city of Hadrianopolis |
in Paphlagonia [Credit: AA]
Vedat Keleş, the head of the excavations and professor at Ondokuz Mayıs University’s Underwater Archaeology Department, said the previous works focused on underground and protection and that works like an excavation house, mosaic restoration and the covering of a church in the area had been completed.
He said further works would be carried out under the auspices of the Kastamonu Museum as well as Ersin Çelikbaş, an academic at the Karabük University Archaeology Department. “There are lots of structures that need to be discovered in Hadrianapolis,” he said.
Keleş said the city used to be a center of pilgrimage in ancient times. “Churches and monasteries were built here. This is also the birthplace of Saint Alypius the Stylite, a significant figure in ancient times. The structures are very important here because it is a pilgrimage center. They will be excavated within the scope of a certain plan,” he added.
|View of excavations at Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia [Credit: Mapio]|
Çelikbaş said he would continue works the same way Keleş did.
“New excavations will be carried out starting this year. We plan to unearth new fields. After putting up information signboards, this place will be open to visitors,” he added.
Ancient city of Hadrianapolis
Located three kilometers to the east of Eskipazar, Hadrianapolis was settled in the late Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. Archaeological surface surveys have uncovered 14 public buildings and other structures in the ancient city.
Among these public buildings are two baths, two churches, a defense structure, rock tombs, a theater, an arched and domed structure, a monumental cultic niche, walls, a villa, other monumental buildings and some religious buildings.
The church floors are decorated with mosaics and have images of the rivers of Geon, Phison, Tigris and Euphrates imprinted on them, which are mentioned in the Bible. Various animals are also depicted in the mosaics of the ancient city, which have been likened to the ancient city of Zeugma.
Excavation works started in 2003 in Hadrianapolis and have been continuing with intervals.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [November 30, 2016]