Worldbulletin News

Worldbulletin News Worldbulletin News Portal


19:36, 19 February 2017 Sunday
17:49, 23 July 2013 Tuesday

  • Share
Fault line at ancient city near Istanbul discovered
Fault line at ancient city near Istanbul discovered

Researchers have found a fault line that could explain why the area around the ancient city of Bathonea has been abandoned every 300 years.

World Bulletin/News Desk

An archeological dig at the ancient city of Bathonea has unearthed more than potsherds, spear tips and skeletons: Researchers have found a fault line that could explain why the area has been abandoned every 300 years.

The excavation started in 2009 in Avcılar district's Lake Küçükçekmece area under the auspices of the Cabinet. Dr. Şengül Aydıngün from Kocaeli University is leading the project, which brings together 65 scientists from countries like Germany and Holland, 25 students from nine Turkish universities and more than 60 workers.

Aydıngün told reporters that the ancient city was found during a surface research project in Yarımburgaz, the oldest settlement in the Küçükçekmece basin. Historic documents and geographers' texts written several centuries ago revealed the existence of the ancient port 20 kilometers from Byzantium (now İstanbul), he said.

Aydıngün said his team was at the start of a very long dig and that they had found the remains of two ports, a huge cistern, some streets and a square as well as huge complexes that could be part of a palace. That, and the fault line, which is believed to be one reason that İstanbul province's Avcılar district was hit so hard by a 1999 earthquake in the Marmara region. According to official figures, 18,000 died in the massive temblor, but some estimates put the death toll at 40,000.

The fault line was found very close to the surface and, according to the excavation team, could explain why the area was abandoned every 300 years by its residents.

Researchers surveying the site from the air found a grid system of roads, and expect to unearth a city built in a manner similar to the planned urban settlements at Ephesus and other ancient cities.

Geomorphologist Hakan Kaya said the area around the Küçükçekmece area is especially vulnerable to earthquakes along the North Anatolian Fault. The Küçükçekmece and Avcılar districts of İstanbul were the hardest-hit areas of the province in the 1999 quake, raising suspicions of undiscovered fault lines. Kaya said that the discovery of a fault line at the Bathonea excavation shed light on the damage Avcılar suffered in the Marmara earthquake, and that the fault line could have affected the lives of residents of the ancient city.

The Culture and Tourism Ministry's general director of monuments and museums, Orhan Düzgün, said Bathonea is one of 150 ancient cities currently under excavation, and that the lighthouse found there is one of the three most important ancient lighthouses.



Legal Notice: Copyright, trade marks and other intellectual property rights in this website can not be reproduced without the prior permission.

  • Share

Press agenda on February 19
Press agenda on February 19

Here are the main topics World Bulletin’s English Desk plans to cover Sunday Feb. 19, 2017 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories): BAGHDAD Iraqi forces launch an offensive on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the city. 700 words 0530 GMT by Ammar Karim and Jean-Marc Mojon US-militant-Egypt-prison,2ndlead WASHINGTON The sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies at 78 in a US prison facility after a long battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease. 650 words moved by Maggy Donaldson. File Picture Ukraine-Russia-conflict,WRAP MOSCOW A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev say, though some separatists are already labelling it unfeasible. 500 words moved by Anais Llobet Entertainment-film-festival-Germany,WRAP BERLIN Hungary's "On Body and Soul", a love story set in a slaughterhouse, wins the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival, Europe's first major cinema showcase of the year. 700 words moved by Deborah Cole. Picture. Video Also moved: Entertainment-film-festival-Germany-prizes,FACTS Entertainment-film-festival-Germany,POINTS Entertainment-film-festival-Germany-winners,CHRONO -- ASIA -- NKorea-Malaysia-diplomacy-community,SCENE KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's only North Korean restaurant promises a glimpse into life in the reclusive state but it has been shuttered since news broke of the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, with security guards turning customers away. 650 words 0600 GMT by Elizabeth Law. Picture. Video -- AMERICAS -- US-politics-Trump-Melania,lead MELBOURNE, Florida First Lady Melania Trump, usually a demure and soft-spoken presence at her husband's side, breaks with form, reciting the Lord's Prayer before issuing a scathing rebuke of his enemies and her critics at a campaign-style stop in Florida. 600 words moved by Michael Mathes with Stephanie Griffith in Washington. Picture. Video. US-media-politics-technology WASHINGTON As President Donald Trump warns of a crackdown on US government leaks to media, interest is growing in technology tools that allow sources to share information anonymously. 750 words moved by Rob Lever Venezuela-politics-opposition-US CARACAS Venezuela and the United States lock horns again over political prisoners held by Caracas, including over the detention of a jailed opposition leader whose supporters took to the streets of the capital to demand his release.