"Golden year" in archeological excavations in Aegean region

January 12, 2011, Wednesday/ 14:14:00

Hundreds of valuable historical artifacts, most of which were made of gold, have been unearthed during the archeological excavations conducted in Turkey's Aegean region in 2010.

A total of 779 artifacts have been brought to sunlight thanks to 16 excavations in and near the Aegean province of İzmir throughout last year, head of İzmir Archeology Museum told the Anatolia news agency on Wednesday.

Museum's Director Mehmet Tuna said that the unearthed artifacts, a major part of which were jewelries made of gold, had been taken under record by his institution.

"Most of the pieces delivered to our museum are golden earrings, necklaces, rings and ornaments. There are also earthenware jugs, amphoras, statuettes and tools reflecting the social and economic life of ancient times," Tuna said.

The director noted that artifacts mainly came from the ancient prophecy center Claros, Menemen Tinaztepe region, Mount Nif, the tumulus in Urla Limantepe, Bornova Yeşilova and Kemalpaşa Ulucak, as well as the ancient cities of Smyrna, Klazomenai, Metropolis, Kyme and Teos.

Commenting on the excavations to be carried out in 2011, Tuna said experts would try to unearth an ancient vegetable oil production facility and two farmhouses in Kyme ancient city this year.

İzmir is a large metropolis in western Anatolia. It is Turkey's third most populous city and the country's second largest port city after İstanbul. It is located along the outlying waters of the Gulf of İzmir on the eastern shoreline of the Aegean Sea.

İzmir's history goes back to 3000 B.C. according to the results of historical knowledge and archaeological excavations. The city is known as one of the oldest settlements in the Mediterranean basin.

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