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2,500-year-old Aphrodite temple discovered in western Turkey


A team of Turkish scientists and archaeologists discovered the remains of a 2,500-year-old Aphrodite Temple in the Urla-Cesme peninsula in Turkey's west.


2,500-year-old Aphrodite temple discovered in western Turkey
The site of the 2,500-year-old Aphrodite Temple in the Urla-Cesme peninsula
in western Turkey [Credit: AA]

As a result of screening an area of 1,600 square meters that covers parts of Urla (Greek Vourla), Cesme (Greek Kyssos) and Seferihisar (Greek Teos) districts of Izmir (Greek Smyrna), 35 prehistoric era human settlements, including 16 from the late Neolithic period, were uncovered.




Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Elif Koparal from the Mimar Sinan University, who is leading the excavations in the area, said a significant social and economic network was discovered.


2,500-year-old Aphrodite temple discovered in western Turkey
Architectural remains of the 2,500-year-old Aphrodite Temple [Credit: AA]

“During our screening of the surface, we detected the Aphrodite Temple from 5th century BC. It is a fascinating and impressive discovery,” Koparal noted.




She also remarked that the first traces of the temple were discovered back in 2016 and were announced in a journal.


2,500-year-old Aphrodite temple discovered in western Turkey
General view of Urla in Izmir [Credit: Shutterstock]

Drawing attention to the threat posed by illegal treasure hunters and urbanization to the historical sites, Koparal said her team cooperated with the locals to protect the archaeological treasures.


Source: Anadolu Agency [January 01, 2021]



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