Ancient coins found at underwater basilica in Bursa
BURSA – Doğan News Agency
DHA PhotoArchaeological works are still continuing in the ancient Roman-era basilica discovered at the beginning of 2015 under Lake İznik in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa. Forty bronze coins have been found recently in the basilica.
Embossments on the coins have almost completely faded over time but scientific work will reveal their era and the civilization they date back to, according to archaeologists.
Experts say the coins might date back to anytime between the 3rd and 16th centuries A.D.
The underwater works are being carried out by archaeologists from the Uludağ University Archaeology Department, with the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality aiming to transform the basilica into a touristic attraction.
The Roman-era basilica, which lies in up to 2 meters of water, was discovered while the area was being photographed from the air in order to make an inventory of historical and cultural artifacts. Archaeologists, historians and art historians believe the structure collapsed during an earthquake in the region in 740 A.D.