Turkey’s Culture Ministry spends 90 mln liras on archaeological works
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry spent nearly 90 million Turkish Liras on archaeological excavations and researches this year.
According to information provided by the ministry, 118 Turkish and 32 foreign excavations were carried out in Turkey, as well as 57 museum excavations, 20 public investment excavations, 144 rescue excavations, 125 Turkish surface surveys, nine foreign surface surveys, six underwater researches and 20 surface cleaning works were conducted throughout the year.
On the other hand, 34 restoration projects were finished, while 83 restoration projects and 126 investment projects are still being carried out, with 55.3 million liras being spent on these projects.
A total of 90 million liras were spent on all projects.
The ministry, which also funds projects and restorations of immovable cultural assets, paid 4 million liras to the owners of 171 immovable assets. Five million liras were allocated for eight restorations abroad.
Between 2003 and 2017, the ministry increased by 32 times the money allocated for the expropriation of public lands. This year, 126 immovable estates in 19 cities were expropriated.