Archaeology: Turkey; ancient Iasos rises out of the ashes

Italians have found crucial data about the region's history

30 September, 12:18

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 30 - Archaeologists working on Iasos, on Turkey's Aegean coast, have recently discovered that the ancient city was buried under a mountain of ash caused by the explosion of Mt. Thera on Greek Santorini island 3,600 years ago, daily Hurriyet reports quoting Dogan News Agency.

    Excavation works have also revealed a sewage system that was in place in the 4,000-year-old city and tunnels to the city's theater. Excavations are being carried out by the world-famous Italian archaeology team of Università degli Studi della Tuscia.

    The head of the excavations, Professor Marcello Spanu, is working with assistant archaeologists Emanuele Borgia and Sevki Bardakci, Culture and Tourism Ministry official Selvet Karamahmut, 28 other Italian archaeologists, as well as university students who have recently unearthed new historic sites within the ancient city. Spanu said columns that were found one meter underground provided vital information about the history of the city. "Following the explosion of the volcano Thera, which also caused the destruction of the Minoan civilization on the islands of Crete and Santorini, the ancient city was covered with ash and remained so for a while. This is why its sewage system and tunnels to the ancient theater did not change. At the end of the excavation and restoration works, for which we spend nearly 100,000 Turkish Liras (36,300 euros) annually, I am sure that this place will be Turkey's largest, as well as one of its most important, archeoparks," Spanu said. But Bardakci, the deputy head of the excavations and an official from the Mediterranean Civilizations Research Institute, lamented the poor state of the promotion of Iasos, as well as the historic and cultural heritage of the surrounding Kiyikislacik village, while noting that they would undertake new endeavors to draw in more visitors. (ANSAmed).

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