Archaeologists excavating at the site of the ancient city of Rhodiapolis, located in the Kumluca district of present-day Antalya, have uncovered a series of Lycian-era tombs.
Rhodiapolis excavation leader and Akdeniz University archaeologist Dr. İsa Kızgut told the Anatolia news agency last week that his team had uncovered what he believes to be a Lycian cemetery complex that dates to roughly 300 B.C.
The complex, explained Kızgut, was a series of tombs that surrounded a larger necropolis in ancient times. Today, although the necropolis and most of the tombs have been destroyed over the centuries, Kızgut says that the tombs they have so far uncovered will serve as key examples of the often elaborate style of tomb architecture found in Lycian Anatolia.
Kızgut believes the tombs grew incrementally, expanding in width and height over multiple generations. "When another person was buried in the tomb, they were buried ... on top [of other graves in] the tomb." Kızgut said, explaining that the large two to three-story structures were often the result of such additions. "The structures were made of brick and topped with arched roofs. We believe these characteristics are rooted in the cultural heritage of Pisidia," Kızgut added, referring to a mountain region located north of Lycia in ancient times.
Kumluca District Mayor Hüsamettin Çetinkaya voiced his own excitement over the discovery of the necropolis to Anatolia, stating in an interview that "when we began to uncover and analyze the tombs, it was truly impossible not to experience wonder over the architecture and construction of these complexes." Çetinkaya indicated that work on the site will continue in the coming years, but he added there is a strong possibility that sections of the site could be opened to visitors next year.
Sources claim that senior Israeli and Turkish officials have held a secret meeting in Rome to renew talks on a reconciliation agreement between the two nations
The ambassador to the US, John Bass, has shared his concerns with Turkey regarding the territorial integrity of Syria and has said that Turkey should open SEast airbases
The public prosecutors office has sought life sentences for the suspects that violated Turkey’s national security in 2014 when they searched Turkish intelligence trucks in Adana en route to Syria
Turkey on Friday reappointed a former defence minister after his successor was elected as parliamentary speaker.
Turkish newspapers on Friday report on possible coalition scenarios in Turkey, Greece’s bailout referendum
The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has said that he will not peculation about Turkish military action in Syria, saying country will not be put at risk
Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline will have significant effect on economies involved, SOCAR Turkey CEO Kenan Yavuz told
A Syrian refugee has set himself on fire to protest his 15 year old sons abduction by the PKK.
Turkish dailies on Thursday report on the Turkish parliamentary speaker election, Greek debt crisis
Thousands take to streets all over Turkey to protest China's alleged ban on Muslims fasting during Ramadan
Foreign Ministry statement offers sympathy to victims' families
Turkish AK party candidate has been elected Turkish parliament speaker
Turkish police have detained 7 people suspected of being part of ISIL
The Turkish army has boosted security on the border with Syria
Turkish newspapers on Wednesday focus on ongoing voting for the country's parliamentary speaker