Ancient city from Byzantine period discovered in Turkey

January 29th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by admin  

Ankara (Turkey), Jan 29 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered r emnants of an ancient city from the Byzantine period during surface excavations carried out in the Anatolian city of Corum in Turkey.

According to a report from the Corum - Dogan News Agency, the location of the ancient city Avkat has been determined to be within the borders of the Beyozu village in the Mecitozu district.

The discovery of this ancient city was made by a team of 32 scientists from the United States, Britain, Italy and Switzerland and led by the Byzantine Empire expert, Professor John Haldon, who carried out a three-week survey in August 2007 in Beyozu to determine its location.

According to Mehmet Demir, an official from the Ankara Ethnography Museum, the exact location was also noted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Excavation works will start this year, said Demir. Excavations for Byzantine settlements will continue in coming years, he added.

The results of the survey are to be presented in a symposium to be held in May. (ANI)

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