Paving the way

Excavations in southern Turkey have uncovered a huge Roman mosaic, suggesting that Imperial culture was more influential on the edge of the empire than previously thought. Decorated with large squares, each filled with a colourful geometric design, the mosaic was part of a baths, lying alongside a 25ft-long (7.5m) marble-lined pool, and is thought to […]


Turkey: Dascyleum

The unstoppable Persian king, Cyrus the Great, powered through Anatolia, conquering all in his path. In 547 BC, he defeated Croesus, the legendary Lydian king of ‘rich as Croesus’ fame. The new empire was divided into regional satrapies; the capital of one was Dascyleum, where recent excavations led by Kaan İren tell the story of that fiery onslaught and subsequent settlement.


Turkey: The Koru tumulus

The Koru tumulus The large cluster of tumuli around Lake Kuş (Lake Manyas) – reminiscent of the Thousand Mounds of Sardis, the great royal cemetery of the father of Croesus, King Alyattes – belongs to Dascyleum. It includes burials of Phrygian, Lydian, Persian, and Macedonian nobles. Here, Kaan İren reports on recent excavations at one […]


Turkey: Ancient language discovered

News breaking as we go to press that archaeologists have discovered an unknown language dating back 2,500 years to the days of the Assyrian Empire will not surprise CWA readers, who were given an early exclusive by Dr John MacGinnis in his feature on the ancient site of Ziyaret Tepe in Turkey (CWA 50). He […]


Turkey: Perge

Excavations at Perge celebrate their 66th anniversary in summer 2012. The capital city of Pamphylia is a triumph of Classical and Hellenistic design. Now, investigations suggest its roots go back well before its artistic heyday. Prof Dr Haluk Abbasoğlu reveals the long and distinguished past of this prestigious site.


Turkey: Göbekli Tepe

Göbekli Tepe in Anatolia is the world’s oldest man-made structure. Could religion have been the catalyst that ignited the ‘Neolithic Revolution’?

Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Zeugma Mosaic Museum

When magnificent mosaics were revealed in the Roman villas at Zeugma, such was their impact that the Turkish authorities decided they deserved their own museum. So it was that the largest mosaic museum in the world opened its doors last year; within two days, more than 3,000 visitors passed through them. The Zeugma Mosaic Museum […]



In Hellenistic and Roman Anatolia, Ephesus and Smyrna (modern Izmir) vied with each other. Ephesus became the more important city but Smyrna’s past is every bit as illustrious as that of its neighbour.



A jigsaw puzzle where 90% of the pieces survive, but there are 120,000 of them – and most the same colour.



The early history of Ionian city-states remains an enigma of Anatolian archaeology, but here at Clazomenae archaeologists are uncovering evidence for the very beginnings of Ionian civilisation.

 © Stuart Campbell

Turkey: Domuztepe

The popular image of Neolithic communities is of small hamlet-sized groups. Excavation at the vast settlement at Domuztepe has turned this notion on its head. What rules or rituals could have bound such a huge community together? Alexandra Fletcher and Stuart Campbell believe a macabre ‘death pit’ and mysterious red-clay terrace hold the clue.

This list of names, found at the palace of Ziyaret Tepe, contains words in an unknown language.

Tigris Basin: before the flood

In the last 10 years, a flurry of archaeological excavation ahead of the completion of the Ilısu Dam on the River Tigris has surprised everyone with the sheer quantity and diversity of material uncovered. The Ziyaret Tepe Team reassess this little understood but soon to be lost region before it is too late.

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