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Cargo of a Bronze Age Ship, the World’s Oldest Ever to Carry Copper Ingots, Found by Archaeologists

According to the definition, a wreck is a sunken or damaged ship. Most people associate it with a rusty iron structure or the wooden skeleton of a ship underwater. Underwater archaeologists have a different approach: they also call a wreck the cargo of a Bronze Age ship they found off the coast of Turkey, although […]

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The History of the Prinkipo Orphanage, the Largest Wooden Building in Europe

Büyükada is the largest of the nine Princes’ Islands located in the Sea of Marmara, so close to the city of Istanbul that they are considered its neighborhoods. Its barely 5 square kilometers, where motorized vehicles are prohibited, boast some historical monuments, Byzantine churches and monasteries, along with a mosque, an abandoned amusement park, and […]

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Unveiling Splendor: Ancient Sadacora Reveals a Roman Villa Adorned with 600 Square Meters of Mesmerizing Mosaics

In the province of Kayseri, located in central Turkey, impressive mosaics dating from the 3rd to the 6th centuries AD have been unearthed during recent archaeological excavations in the village of Incesu, identified with the ancient city of Sadacora or Sadogora. The mosaics, spanning an area of up to 600 square meters, are exceptionally well-preserved […]

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How the Karatepe bilingual inscription from the 8th century B.C. led to the decipherment of Anatolian hieroglyphs

Just as the Rosetta Stone was fundamental in the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs, other writing systems followed a similar process, sometimes more rugged and convoluted. Some contributed in part to the decipherment of the Anatolian hieroglyphs, in a sort of curious domino effect. In 1694, the Cippi of Melqart, two pedestals bearing bilingual inscriptions, in […]

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How archaeologists found the origin of the legend of King Midas, who turned everything he touched into gold

One of the best-known legends of antiquity is that of the Phrygian king Midas, who turned everything he touched into gold. According to Aristotle, he died of starvation when it was impossible to touch any food without transforming it into the precious metal. The problem is that there are at least three kings with that […]