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1,500-year-old dye production facilities found in southern Turkey

DEMRE - Anatolia News Agency | 8/25/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Dye-production facilities dating back 1,500 years have been unearthed in excavations at an ancient city in the Mediterranean province of Antalya.

Dye-production facilities dating back 1,500 years have been unearthed in excavations at an ancient city in the Mediterranean province of Antalya.

Archeologists discovered the facilities from the Byzantine era during excavations in the ancient city of Myra-Andriake in Antalya's Demre town.

"The dye produced in integrated facilities we have unearthed indicates that Andriake port was not only an international trade center, but also a center of the dye industry," said Professor Nevzat Çevik, head of the excavation team.

Myra is an ancient town in Lycia, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya. It was located on the river Myros (Demre Çayı) in pre-modern times.

Andriake was the harbor of Myra in classical times, but silted up later on. The main structure there surviving to the present day is a granary built during the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian (117-138 CE). Beside this granary is a large heap of Murex shells, evidence that Andriake was a major center for the production of purple dye.

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