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Excavations at ancient city of Prusias ad Hypium in NW Turkey completed

This year’s excavations in the ancient city of Prusias ad Hypium have been completed in the northwestern Turkish province of Düzce.

Excavations at ancient city of Prusias ad Hypium in NW Turkey completed
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Excavations at the site have been carried out with the joint support of the Düzce University Archaeology Department, the Düzce Governor’s Office, the Konuralp Museum Directorate and the Düzce Municipality.

Züleyha Kartal Önemli, the director of the Konuralp Museum and head of the excavations, said the work unearthed “surprises” this year.

“We focused on the western paradox of the ancient theatre. This is the area where visitors entered the theatre in the Middle Ages. We unearthed the road to this entrance and steps. We also made drilling work and saw that the cavea [the seating sections of Roman amphitheatres] of the theatre was intact. This was a surprise for us on the last day of excavations,” Önemli said.

She added that all the artifacts unearthed in the ancient city this year are currently being documented and will be presented to the Preservation Council.

“This year we worked with 30 people. We plan to work with the same team next year,” Önemli stated.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [October 21, 2017]

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