Antalya is one of Turkey’s well-known and contemporary cities. The city boasts beautiful beaches and attractive locations for tourists because it includes the Mediterranean coastline. But in the hidden lanes of the city, there are more than just beaches. An ancient necropolis in Antalya has recently turned into a museum. Let’s find out more about this museum in Turkey.
An Ancient Necropolis In Antalya Turkey Is Now Changed Into A Museum
Archaeological investigations began in the Antalya province’s former public market district, the East Garage Necropolis Area. The discovery of rock tombs on the site led to more excavations. And now the news is the place has turned into a museum.
In 2008, during certain construction work on the Eastern Garage Project for the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the necropolis, which dates to the third century B.C., was accidentally identified. In a ceremony held on July 20, the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality officially handed ownership of the Necropolis Museum in the East Garage to the Antalya Museum.
Artefacts & More Put On Display Of The Museum
The Attaleia Necropolis region then underwent rescue excavations between 2008 and 2011. The project was carried out under the direction of the Antalya Museum Directorate. The excavations resulted in the findings of 865 tombs from the Hellenistic to the Young Roman eras.
According to discoveries in the graves, the Attaleia Necropolis was utilised for 700 years. It dates back from the start of the third century B.C. until the fourth century A.D. All the artefacts collected were put up on display in the Antalya Museum.
The Mayor of Antalya informed Arkeonews that, the museum provides an introduction to the religious, ethnic, economic, and sociocultural framework of ancient Antalya. The museum directorate conducted excavations that uncovered ancient period remains and rescue operations up to 2010. Through this approach, a total of 865 burials, 1,18 1,000 artefacts, and approximately 2,000 skeletons have been discovered.
Apart from being a tourist attraction city in Turkey, Antalya has a lot to discover in the interiors. From bustling markets to museums and more, one can explore the multiple facades of Antalya, Turkey.
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