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Izmir Excavations and Archaeological Sites


ALİAĞA

CYME

Cyme is one of the 12 cities of the area geographically called Aiolis in the ancient times. The prosperity of this city which engaged in trade was very high in archaic period. Studies conducted and data available indicates that the ancient city had been inhabited continuously until 13th century AD. In 1960s German scientists conducted underwater and epigraphic studies and compiled a corpus. In 1979 Director of İzmir Museum of Archaeology Hasan Tahsin Uçankuş conducted an excavation (between years 1979 - 1981). From 1982 to 1984 Turkish and Italian excavation efforts continued with the lead of Vedat İdil and Sebastiana Lagona. In 1986 Sebastiana Lagona became the official scientific head of the excavations with the permission of Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Since 2008 a student of Prof. Dr. Lagona Calabria University Lecturer Antonio La Marca has been leading the excavations.

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ALİAĞA

 

CYME

 

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

 

T.R. MINISTIRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - CALABRIA UNIVERSITY, ITALY

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

GRYNEION

This city located near the Çandarlı Bay is considered to be one of the 12 Aeolian cities.  According to Strabon Gryna was established by Amazons. According to studies conducted, the history of Gryna (Gryneion dates back to 2000 BC. It had existed from that period until the Christian periods.

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GRYNEION

 

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

 

NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

MYRINA

It is considered to be one of the 12 Aiolian cities. According to the legends it got its name from an Amazon Queen named Myrina.

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NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

 

NO CURRENT EXCAVATION

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

BALÇOVA

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N/A

 

N/A

 

BAYINDIR

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BAYRAKLI

TEPEKULE MOUND

Homer is thought to have written the famous Illiad in around 700 BC in Bayraklı which used to be called Smyrna and was the center of the city. Results from the scientific studies show that the city used to be an important port city for Akdeniz's trade from the middle of the 7th century BC to the last quarter of 6th century.

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BAYRAKLI

TEPEKULE MOUND

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - DOKUZ EYLÜL UNIVERSITY

 

N/A

Excavations had been conducted by Prof.Dr. Meral AKURGAL until 2014. Currently the studies are conducted by İzmir Ministry of Museums.

BERGAMA

ACROPOLIS

Acropolis is an ancient city located in Bergama, İzmir. In the ancient times, Acropolis was one of the most important cities of the region called Mysia today. The city was the headquarters of Pergamon Kingdom.  It has one of the steepest theaters of the ancient world. It entered the list of UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014. The expenditures of excavations in this area is covered by Studiosusstiftung (Studiosus Foundation) and is led by the Director of German Archaeological Institute and Head of Pergamon Excavations Prof. Dr. Felix PIRSON.

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BERGAMA

ACROPOLIS

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T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - GERMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

 

N/A

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RED BASILICA (KIZILAVLU)

Because of its large front yard and building completely made of bricks, the temple was called "Red Basilica" by the people. Because of the importance put on Egyptian Gods the temple was built in the center of lower Bergama (Pergamon) City in Roman period. Water tunnels that are still used today was built on Selinos Stream which prevented the temple from integrating with its yard. With the construction of these tunnels the temple was finally integrated and the water was taken control of, allowing Rome to exhibit its power and ability with this advanced piece of engineering. Based on the data of history of cult and art it can be said that it was probably built by Emperor Hadrian in 2nd century AD and was dedicated to Egyptian Gods Serapis and Isis. The temple to which additions was made in early Byzantine period was continued to be used as one of the seven early churches in Anatolia.

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BERGAMA

RED BASILICA

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T.R. MINISTIRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

N/A

N/A

 

ASCLEPION

The most famous health center of Anatolia in the ancient world was Asclepion located near the ancient city of Pergamon. The Asclepion of Bergama was a health center of equivalent importance to Epidaurus and Kos of the Prehistoric period. It is said that in its entrance "For the Holiness of all Gods, Death is Forbidden from Entering Asclepion" was written. The holy place which was completed in the time of Emperor Hadrianus (117-138 AD) became quite famous in the Roman period with its treatment methods and doctors such as Galenos.

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BERGAMA

ASCLEPION

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N/A

 

BEYDAĞ

PALAIAPOLIS

Though to be located in the western side of today's city center, Palaipolis is the old name of Beydağ. The founder of Palaipolis are people of Kibyra who are descendants of the Lydians.  One of the important features of people of Kibyra was their mastery of ironwork and marquetry. The blacksmithing /0} craft of villagers of Adagüre might have descended from those times. Unfortunately, studies concerning this city has not fully started yet.

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BEYDAĞ

PALAIAPOLIS

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

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N/A

 

BORNOVA

YEŞİLOVA MOUND

Yeşilova Mound is the oldest settlement in Izmir. The first settlement in Yeşilova Mound was 8-9 thousand years ago in the Neolithic Age.

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BORNOVA

YEŞİLOVA MOUND

RUIN

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - EGE UNIVERSITY

9992929/5402

yesilovahoyuk@gmail.com

 

BUCA

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BUCA

 

 

NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

 

 

ÇEŞME

BAĞLARARASI EXCAVATION

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BAĞLARARASI

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

Excavation Start Date: 16/07/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - ANKARA UNIVERSITY

 

Head of Excavation: Ankara University Center of Underwater Archaeological Resarch Lecturer .Prof. Dr. Vasıf ŞAHOĞLU

 

ERYTHRAI

The ancient name of Ildırı is Erythrai. The word Erythrai is thought to have derived from the Greek word Erythros, because of its red soil, Erythrai is thought to mean "the Red City". Another assumptions is that the city might have gotten its name from Erythros, the son of the first founder Rhadamanthus. It is regarded as one of the Ionian cities established in Western Anatolia.

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ERYTHRAI

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE Excavation Start Date: 01/07/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - ANKARA UNIVERSITY

 

Excavation Director: Ankara University Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Ayşe Gül Akalın

 

ÇİĞLİ

LEUCAE

Leucae which was one of the cities of Aiolis, was established by Persian admiral Takhos who was preparing for a revolt against "the Big King" according to sources. According to historical sources, after the death of Takhos Leucae became a point of contention between the cities Klazomenai and Cyme. After the dispute between these two cities the oracel of Delphoi was consulted. Priests of Apollo say that Leucae belongs to whoever does the first sacrifice in the city. People of Cyme believe that they will definitely win as they are closer to the city.However, after the day of sacrifice is determined Klazomenians place a colony in front of the Gulf of Smyrna, near Leucae and make their sacrifice overcoming the Cyme. This success is turned into an annually celebrated festival. However, it has not reached modern days.

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LEUCAE

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DİKİLİ

PITANE

Pitane was between Aliağa and Bergama, at the place where Kaikos (Bakırçay) met with the sea. The word Pitane comes from the language Luwi-Pelasg and means water-abundant. The exact date the city was established is not certain, however it dates efore the Hellenistic period. It was most probably established by Luwians.

Çandarlı is a peninsula located in north of İzmir, 18 km away from Dikili at the coast of Çandarlı Gulf. It has a population of 2 thousand in winter and gets its name from Çandarlı Kara Halil Pasha. King of Pontus Mithridates Eupator IV who conquered Western Anatolia by fighting Romans in 88 BC first mentioned its name. After Mithirades lost against the Roman army under the command of Sulla he abondoned Pergamon and sheltered in Pitane, when Pitane was also sieged he managed to escape via sea.

The history of Pitane in the Medieval Age is also quite dark. It is thought to have been the base of the Genoese. Even though Prof. Dr. Ekrem Akurgal has conducted excavations in Pitane, not enough architectural remains were found. This is because the next settlement had removed the stones. In the excavations, tombs dating back to 6th century BC, various ceramics, vases, goblets, kylixes (drinking cup) and cups containing the ashes of the deceased were found. An ancient statue of a man dating back to 6th century is in Bergama Museum today.

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PITANE

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FOÇA

PHOCAEA

It is one of the important centers of Archaic Period. And one of the twelve Ionian cities. In this period, Phocaeans were known for having set many colonies especially in Marseille in France in West Mediterranean, Alaila in Corsica, and Elea and Velia in Italy.

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FOÇA

PHOCAEA

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Excavation Start Date: 02/07/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - EGE UNIVERSITY

 

Head of Excavation: Ege University Faculty of Letters Derpatment of Archaeology LecturerProf. Dr. Ömer ÖZYİĞİT

 

GAZİEMİR

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GAZİEMİR

 

 

NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

 

 

GÜZELBAHÇE

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KARABAĞLAR

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KARABAĞLAR

 

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KARABURUN

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KARABURUN

 

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KARŞIYAKA

MELANPAGOS

It is approximately in the middle of a line between Yamanlar Village and Göktepe Village in the northern skirts located at the northern slope of Yamanlar Mountain.  Melanpagos means "Dark Hill" in Ancient Greek. The boundaries of the settlement can easily be identified due to its name being carved into stones nearby the village. Although the history of foundationf of the settlement is not known, archaeological studies indicate that people lived there until the end of Hellenistic period/beginning of Roman Empire. There have not been any excavations in the area of Melanpagos yet.

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MELANPAGOS

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

 

 

KEMALPAŞA

MOUNT NIF EXCAVATION

Mount Nif (Olympus/Kemalpaşa) is located in the east of Guld of İzmir (Smyrna), and is in the common boundaries of Kemalpaşa, Torbalı and Buca. The fact that Mount Nif was settled from the Prehistoric Ages to the end of Byzantine Period is determined by scientific studies conducted.

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KEMALPAŞA

MOUNT NIF EXCAVATION

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

 

Excavation start date: 01/07/2012 

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY

 

http://nifolympos.com

http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/nif

Head of Excavation: Istanbul University Faculty of Letters Department of Archaeology Lecturer Prof. Dr. Elif TÜL TULUNAY

 

ULUCAK MOUND

Ulucak Mound is located in the west of the natural passage of Belkahve between the İzmir and Kemalpaşa plains, in the boundaries of Ulucak, on top of an alluvial plain that is near the Aegean coast. It was found that in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages the dead was buried in cups and jugs in the graveyard field. Ulucak Cemetery is important both in terms of being excavated as a mound settlement and a cemetery in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages in the west of Anatolia 

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KEMALPAŞA

ULUCAK MOUND

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

 

Excavation start date: 10/07/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - TRAKYA UNIVERSITY

 

 

http://arkeoloji.ege.edu.tr/Protohistorya/Projeler/ulucak/ulucak_kazisi.htm 

Head of Excavation: Trakya University Asst. Prof. Özlem ÇEVİK

 

 

KINIK

GAMBRION

Kınık is thought to have been built on the ancient city of Gamreion. While Pergamon was just a small village Gambrion was a developed city. The name Gambrion comes from the word gambros. Gambros means groom and the -eion conjunction means place. While Bilge Umar defines the name Gambrion as such, Xenophondefines it based on Hellenic Greek. Unfortunately there haven't been any excavations yet.

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KINIK

GAMBRION

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

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KİRAZ

KLEOS

Klaos/Kleos: Ionians gave this name which means "Shelter that protects from the cold of harsh winter" to the city in 8th century BC. In 2014 a damaged graveyard dating back to 2 thousand 600 years ago was found in Kiraz, and excavations were initiated by the Museum of Ödemiş.

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KLEOS

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

SOME EXCAVATIONS TAKE PLACE FROM TIME TO TIME. NO CURRENT EXCAVATION

 

 

 

KONAK

ANCIENT CITY OF SMYRNA

The most important excavation site of İzmir's city center, Symrna City consists of Kadifekale, Agora and Altınpark, and excavations in these areas are still in progress. 

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KONAK

ANCIENT CITY OF SMYRNA

(Kadifekale, Agora, Altınpark)

RUIN

 

Excavation Start Date: 2007

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - DOKUZ EYLÜL UNIVERSITY

 

 

http://www.antiksmyrna.comhttp://www.agorakazievi.org Excavation Director: Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology Lecturer Asst. Prof. Akın ERSOY

MENDERES

CLAROS

Klaros which is in the Ahmetbeyli Street of Menderes district in İzmir is a holy ground whose main city is Notion. It served as a "Prophecy Center" from its establishment in 13th century BC until its desolation in 4th century AD. With the re-establishment of the city Smyrna in Hellenistic period, according to the legend Alexander the Great consulted the Temple of Apollo in Klaros about a dream he dreamt.

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MENDERES

CLAROS

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE
Excavation Start Date: 15/06/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - EGE UNIVERSITY

 

 

http://www.klaros.org 

Head of Excavation: Ege University Department of Archaeology Lecturer/0} Prof. Dr. Nuran ŞAHİN

 

 

 

COLOPHON

The ancient city of Colophon is located between Değirmendere and Çamönü villages of Menderes District in İzmir. The shortest route between Notion and Ephesos was on Colophon. The ancient city is on a hilly terrain with a fertile plain and is rich in terms of water resources. Famous for its horse breeding facilities Colophon was also known for exporting "kolophonium" resin that is still used today. Important people such as the famous philosopher Ksenophanes, poet Mimnermos and painter Apelles was raised in Colophon.

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COLOPHON

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

NO CURRENT EXCAVATION EFFORT

 

 

 

LEBEDOS

The city built in 7th century BC between Gümüldür and Ürkmez on a peninsula today called Kısık was one of the twelve Ionian cities. One of the unique aspects of the area of Lebedos is that it has one of the best and most intense hot springs. However, the location of the city prevented its development. Lebedos was disconnected from the land because of Kolophon and Teos. It could make a fortune only from the sea, however because it lacked a good port it was overshadowed by Ephesos and Teos, and couldn't benefit from sea trade.

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LEBEDOS

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NOTION

It's in Ahmetbeyli Village of Menderes. It is called "Kale (Castle)" by the local people. Remains of the temple dedicated to the goddess of the city Athena Polias can be seen.

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NOTION

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MENEMEN

LARISSA

It is in Aiolis region. Between years 1902-1904 a joint excavation was done by Germans and Swedish archaeologist. According to the data obtained from excavations and studies the first settlement of the city dates back to 7th century BC. Remains of the Ancient Period are among the most beautiful examples of Aiolian architecture.

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LARISSA

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LEFKE

There isn't much information concerning the city Lefke. According to the sources the city was established by one of the Persian generals Tahos. Lefke is in the area of Tuzçullu Üçtepeler.

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LEFKE

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NEONTEIKHOS

In the Hellenic language Neon Teikhos means "New Castle". The people here were faced with the resistance of the people of Pelasg after Aiolian Hellenians started migrating to Anatolian coasts a few centuries after the Troia War. As a result, they have formed a new city called Neon Teiklos (New Castle) 6 km away from Larissa and thus set the foundation of ancient Cyme. After a while they managed to conquer Larissa. This city was established during the first wave of migration, however because of the lack of archaeological excavations in the area, we have limited information about it.

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MENEMEN

NEONTEIKHOS

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NIONITHON

Can be seen between villages Hasanlar and Görece. However, no official excavation was conducted..

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NIONITHON

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PALAUDIS

Palaudis is at the end of Menemen plain, close to Emiralem. It is at the western end of an alley between Mount Yamanlar and Mount Dumanlı. The name Palaudis means "castle" or "small city" in the mixture of languages Luwi and Lydia. Because of the lack of studies conducted at the region information about its establishment, history and remains are inadequate.

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MENEMEN

PALAUDIS

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PANAZTEPE

Panaztepe is located 13 km west of Menemen's center, northern side of the area called Yeditepeler, on a hill and its slopes. The area was settled from the Early Bronze Age to Ottoman Period with occasional gaps.  Alluvium in Gediz River caused Panaztepe and its vicinity to be filled over time.

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MENEMEN

PANAZTEPE

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE


Excavation Start Date: 01/07/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY

 

Head of Excavation: Hacettepe University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armağan ERKANAL

 

TEMNOS

Temnos (Görece Kale) is a mountainous region in Görece Village, northeast of Menemen. Herodotus also talks of Temnos in the south Aiolia, and it is understood that the city went through a development in classical period. Temnos Research Project was started by Giuseppe Ragone from Roma III University in 2006.

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MENEMEN

TEMNOS

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

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NARLIDERE

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ÖDEMİŞ

HYPAIPA

It is a city established in Lydian area, in the Kaystros (Küçük Menderes) plains, the south of Sardes city (Sart), skirts of Mount Aipos (Datbey) and southern slope of Mount Tmolos (Bozdağ). Compared to the Sardes in its vicinity, Hypaipa is not a city as important. There is no precise information concerning when the city was established. The name Hypaipa is first mentioned in geographer Starbo's work.

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ÖDEMİŞ

HYPAIPA

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

PROFESSORS FROM VARIOUS UNIVERSITIES FIRST CONDUCTED A STUDY IN 2012. NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

 

 

NEIKAIA

In Türkönü and Kurucuova villages 10 km away from Ödemiş, remains from the ancient city of Neikaia with 2 thousand 300 years of history were found. These remains are medical instruments, coins, structures and pieces of ceramic. The Ancient city of Neikaia was a city of health and a religious center connected to the Ephesus Metropolitan in 6th century BC. But because it was located on a mountain area, its remains could not be preserved until today in a good conditon.

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NEIKAIA

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

 

SALVAGE EXCAVATIONS WERE CONDUCTED FROM TIME TO TIME, NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

 

 

SEFERİHİSAR

AIRAI (ERAI)

The small city of Airai is in the vicinity of Demircili village in the northern coast of ancient city of Teos, today called Sığacık Gulf. This old small city is located in a place called "the island" by the locals. It's a peninsula whose middle is slightly higher. The remains you can see on "the island" are limited to scattered pieces of ceramic, a few structure and some core remains. The remains from Airai disappeared before the establishment of Demircili village as they were continuously transported from sea. Many other historical remains found on the coasts disappear this way.

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AIRAI (ERAI)

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

NO CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION

 

 

 

MYONNESOS

The island was called Myonnesos in the ancient period, today it is called Çıfıt Castle. It is located in the new touristic coastal road stretching from Seferihisar and Teos to the south.  After passing through İpsili/Doğanbey intersection you can see it three kilometers ahead. The island is very close to the land as looks as if it’s standing up. There are many wall and structure remains dating back to Medieval Age and Ottoman Empire.

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MYONNESOS

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

NO CURRENT EXCAVATION

 

 

 

TEOS

Teos is located in Sığacık Mahallesi, Seferihisar. It is believed that the city established by Karlar was then settled by immigrants from Boiotia, followed by immigrants from Athens. (Pausanias VII 3.6)

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TEOS

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

Excavation Start Date: 01/07/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - ANKARA

ÜNİVERSİTESİ

 

http://www.teosarkeoloji.com

Head of Excavation: Ankara University Faculty of Language, History and Geography Department of Geography Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Musa KADIOĞLU

 

SELÇUK

EPHESUS

One of the most important centers of the ancient world Ephesus had an important role in the development of civilization, science, culture and art with its history dating back to 4th century BC. Having been a door between East and West (Asia and Europe), Ephesus was an important port city. Its position made Ephesus develop as the most important political and commercial center of its time and made Asia the capital city in the Roman Period. However, Ephesus' importance in the ancient age is not only because of it being a center of trade and a capital. The biggest temple of Artemis dedicated to the old goddess Kybele in Anatolia is in Ephesus. This temple is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ephesus entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.

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EPHESUS

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T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY

 

 

http://efestiyatrosu.com/organizasyon.htm

 

All excavations are conducted by Head of Austria Archaeological Institute, Head of Excavation Archaeologist Assoc. Prof. Sabine LADSTÄTTER and her team.

 

http://pau.edu.tr/Ayasuluk

For Ayasuluk Hill: The excavations are conducted by Pamukkale University Department of Archaeology Mustafa BÜYÜKOLANCI.

Excavation Start Date: 01/05/2012

 

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CURRENTLY STUDIES BY VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS ARE BEING PLANNEDTHIS SECTION WILL LATER BE UPDATED

 

 

 

 

TORBALI

METROPOLIS

The city in Torbalı district, is located around Gallesion Mountain between villages Yeniköy and Özbey and gets its name from the goddess MeterGallesia Pieces of ceramic found through the archaeological excavations in the city's acropolis indicates that there were settlements here during Early and Middle Bronze Ages. 

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TORBALI

METROPOLIS

 

Excavation Start Date: 04/06/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - CELAL BAYAR UNIVERSITY

 

Head of Excavation: Celal Bayar University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of Archaeology Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Serdar AYBEK

 

URLA

KLAZOMENAI

One of the twelve Ionian cities Klazomenai is located in northern coast of Urla-Çeşme peninsula, the middle of Gulf of İzmir. The land of Klazomenai (khora) is thought to have stretched until the area of Smyrna. Temple of Apollo located in the vicinity of Agamemnon Hot Springs in Balçova is considered to be in the boundries of Klazomenai.

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KLAZOMENAI

 

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

Excavation Start Date: 01/06/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - BİLKENT UNIVERSITY

 

http://www.klazomeniaka.com/

Head of Excavations: Bilkent University Department of Archaeology Prof. Yaşar ERSOY

 

LİMANTEPE

One of the most important settlements in western Anatolia, Limantepe has its own unique character for it had been settled from the Chalcolithic Age to the Roman Period continuously. In the light of findings, it can be understood that the city had been a strong port city and a center of overseas trade. This evolved especially in the Early Bronze Age since the concept of cities became a big part of life.

 

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LİMANTEPE

NOT A RUIN - ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITE

Excavation Start Date: 01/03/2012

T.R. MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - ANKARA UNIVERSITY

 

http://ankusam.ankara.edu.tr/limankara.html

Head of Excavation: Ankara University(ANKÜSAM)Lecturer Prof. Dr. Hayat ERKANAL