ARCHAEOLOGY > Ancient city discovered by treasure hunters in central Anatolia

KIRŞEHİR - Anadolu Agency

An ancient city has been uncovered in a Kırşehir village after historical artifact smugglers excavated the area. The city dates back to the Roman era in the second century and home to important artifacts

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The ancient city came to light in Büyük Teflek village when historical artifacts smugglers excavated the area.

The ancient city came to light in Büyük Teflek village when historical artifacts smugglers excavated the area.

A bath, which was turned into a church, is being revealed during excavations in a 2,200-year-old ancient city, which was discovered by treasure hunters in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir’s Çiçekdağı district. 

The ancient city came to light in Büyük Teflek village when historical artifacts smugglers excavated the area. Dating back to the second century B.C., the ancient city has a bath as well as other artifacts. 

Kırşehir Museum, Director Adnan Güçlü said that they had revealed a significant historic heritage during the excavations. He said that excavations started last year in April, adding that they would continue the excavations for two more months this year. 

Speaking about how the ancient city was unearthed, Güçlü said, “With the notification of law-enforcement officers and the village headman Eyüb Baran, we came to the village and made examinations. We entered the hole opened by treasure hunters and obtained information about the size of the ancient city. Then we discovered that this place was a significant place of settlement and a bath from the Roman era. The furnace of the bath was the first place we examined. It was still strong.
These works took six months and during this process we unearthed an 800-square-meter area, a big part of the structure. This is a small bath and we think that it was a business place.” 

Excavations start 

Güçlü said that following the excavations, the lost Roman city, which is estimated to date back to the second century B.C., was registered as a first degree archaeological site. He said that they also thought that the bath had been turned into a church. 

“Those who donated to his church were buried underground of the church. We found 21 male graves in this place and worked there, too. In Orthodox Christianity, there was a tradition that the men, who donate to a church, were buried there,” he said. 

Güçlü said that works had still been continuing and it was not possible to excavate and unearth the complex structures within a short time. “It will take too much to reveal the whole ancient city,” he said. 

The headman of Büyük Teflek village, Baran, said that they notified the commandership, district governorate and he Kırşehir Museum Directorate about the illegal excavations. “Museum officials came to the village and launched this area as an archaeological site,” he said, adding that they asked to open up the area to tourism. 

He noted that excavations also provided employment for villagers. “This year 17 people from the village are working in the excavations.”


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Brit in Turkey

11/20/2013 6:32:04 PM

..or even "us Brits" for correct English!

Brit in Turkey

11/19/2013 5:42:52 PM

I'm just grateful the Greeks never got to invade Britain, which saves we Brits from at least one argument. All hail Caesar!


11/19/2013 4:49:27 PM

Peter Kypros, "ancient turkish" is now the standard explanation, when tourist ask why is their Greek writings on the ruins, church etc.

Peter Kypros

11/18/2013 11:25:00 PM

I wonder how the archeologists feel when they discover all these Hellenistic ruins and are forced to call them Roman or anything but what they are. A close Turkish friend of mine once when we were visiting some similar ruins in Turkey and the guide was talking all kind of nonsense that they were Roman even though all inscriptions were in Greek he whispered to me 'they are all Greek'. Why keep a secret something that is so evident?

Stefanos Kalogirou

11/18/2013 8:20:57 PM

now who were those living in Asia Minor in the second century BC? Instead of saying Greek or Hellenistic Anadolu turkish state news agency prefers to refer just to an "ancient city" or Roman. Google people when Romans came to Asia Minor. First time set foot in 180 BC and made a city in the middle of nowhere? Of course I doubt if the found city in Buyuk Teflek is dated back to 2nd century BC and not earlier.


11/18/2013 5:56:48 PM

Brit in turk, don't worry i'm sure phase 3 is a mosque. This is what normally happens in sunny turkey.


11/18/2013 5:38:34 PM

So eerie, a lost city, with all memories buried in dust and no record of all the life it supported. This truly is the cradle of civilizations.

Brit in Turkey

11/18/2013 4:06:24 PM

"A bath, which was turned into a church". That's a new one!
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