Posted inAncient Rome

The Temple of Hadrian at Cyzicus was the Largest Built in Antiquity, and its Corinthian Capitals the Largest Ever Sculpted

Founded by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century BC and located on a peninsula in northwest Anatolia, the city of Cyzicus was one of the most thriving metropolises of the ancient world, flourishing in the shadow of the imposing Dindymus mountain massif and bathed by the waters of the Propontis strait, which connected […]

Posted inStone Age Archaeology

Fewer than 1000 People Lived in Çatalhöyük: Researchers Reassess the Population of Neolithic Villages

A recent interdisciplinary study combining archaeology and ethnography has cast doubt on historical population estimates for Neolithic villages, specifically in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Historically, it has been claimed that this settlement housed between 3,500 and 10,000 people. However, new research suggests that these numbers are a significant overestimation. Using a review of the distribution of residential […]

Posted inIron Age Archaeology

Iron Age Urartian Fortresses with Shrines and Open-Air Altars Discovered in Türkiye

Archaeological excavations, ongoing since 2016 within the bounds of Tunceli province in central-eastern Türkiye, aim to identify new Iron Age and Antiquity settlements in the region and examine archaeological remains lacking sufficient information. Recent work uncovered a new archaeological site, Masumu-Pak Fortress, while also examining in detail some features of the already-known Aşağı Doluca Fortress. […]

Posted inStone Age Archaeology

Oldest Evidence of Ornamental Ear and Lip Piercing in the Neolithic Period Discovered

Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest known evidence of ear and lip ornamentation in the Neolithic period at the site of Boncuklu Tarla in south-east Türkiye. The findings, which date back to around 10,000 BC, shed new light on the body modification practices of early sedentary communities and challenge existing narratives about the origins of such […]

Posted inBronze Age Archaeology

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 […]

Posted inArt, Culture

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 […]