Illegal excavations damage ancient city
OSMANİYE - Doğan News Agency
Historical artifacts have been damaged during illegal excavations in the ancient city of Kastabala, known as the Ephesus of the southern Çukurova region.
In Kastabala Hierapolis, which is located 12 kilometers away from the Osmaniye city center, someone taking photographs in the area saw May 13 that many historical artifacts were damaged.
Gendarmerie examinations revealed that an area measuring 50 square meters had been excavated with Caterpillars. Museums officials also reported that historical artifacts were damaged in the ancient city, which is home to columned streets, an amphitheater, basilica, church, bath remains and a fortress.
Excavations in the ancient city have been underway since 2009.