Re: The 'Ephesus' of the Black Sea to be unveiled
The 'Ephesus' of the Black Sea to be unveiled
Turkish Daily News, July 24, 2007
The remains of an ancient city on the Black Sea coast will be unearthed
for the first time next month. Archaeologists are beginning excavations
and underwater dives with the aim of unveiling the architectural plan of
Teion (or Tion), located in Zonguldak's Filyos district. Speaking to the
Anatolia news agency, archaeologist Sümer Atasoy said the excavation
team conducted surface research last year but that the major digging
will start in August with a 30-member excavation team. He said they had
outlined an aqueduct, a theater, defensive walls, a breakwater, a port
and port walls by examining remains close to the surface. "The ancient
city hosted many civilizations including Persians, Romans, Genoas and
Ottomans. The work, which was carried out for the first time on the
Black Sea coast, indicates that the ancient city was an important trade
center in the region. Its inhabitants sold forest products and bonitos.
We uncovered an ancient Roman theater with a 2,000-person capacity as
well as marble and bronze statues."
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