Tourists visiting eastern Turkey will now have the option to stroll by way of the two,900-year-old ruins of Altıntepe Fortress, which is without doubt one of the most necessary Urartu settlements in Anatolian lands. Located in Erzincan province on the historic Silk Road, the fortress is now set to serve as an archaeological park following the completion of excavation work.
Built throughout the interval of the Urartu Kingdom and residential to lots of of historic artifacts and ruins of constructions erected in 850-590 B.C., the fortress was additionally an necessary middle for the Eastern Roman Empire, aka the Byzantine Empire. It is 15 kilometers (9.three miles) away from the Erzincan metropolis middle and located on a hill situated northeast of town at a top of virtually 60 meters (196.85 ft). On the eastern facet of the hill, on which the fortress is situated, there’s a three-nave church coated with mosaics. With its fortress partitions, reception corridor, open-air temple, tombs and sewage system, Altıntepe Fortress is internet hosting excavations performed by Atatürk University’s Department of Archaeology. The dig in the world, carried out with the help of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, began in 2003 and was accomplished in 2019.
Turkey to open eastern Erzincan’s 2900-year-old Altıntepe Fortress for vacationers as an archaeological park https://t.co/JDaTHFL0Jy pic.twitter.com/OaCOHVv7zr
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Speaking in regards to the excavations, Mehmet Karaosmanoğlu, head of the Archeology Department at Atatürk University, advised Anadolu Agency (AA) that adobe buildings from the Urartian interval have been destroyed due to earthquakes in the area. Noting that the fortress was destroyed due to varied different causes moreover earthquakes, he mentioned: “The reception corridor in the fortress, belonging to the Urartian interval, is the biggest and solely instance of these discovered in Anatolia thus far.”
Three tombs have been discovered in the southern a part of the location, he said, including that the sarcophagi they contained have been the only and most lovely specimens from the Urartu Kingdom. Karaosmanoğlu’s archaeological staff additionally reerected an open-air temple close to the sarcophagi.
Arda Heb, the provincial director of tradition and tourism, harassed that the artifacts discovered in the excavations contributed to the archeology of Anatolia and have been thought of necessary examples of the tradition they symbolize.
Heb mentioned the archaeological park mission had been accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. “Our mission consists of three levels. In the primary stage, the ft of the royal tombs have been eliminated, the outer border partitions have been maintained and joint evacuations have been made. We proceed our efforts to create viewing platforms, cafeterias and areas the place we are able to host our visitors,” he added.