With the restoration works carried out within the scope of the Archeopark Project of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality (ABB), many movable and non-movable artifacts belonging to the Ancient Roman Period were found. The area where historical finds were found during scientific excavations will be transformed into an Archeopark.
Excavations will host scientific research
The region where historical finds were found in the excavation work carried out meticulously by the Department of Cultural and Natural Heritage will be transformed into an archaeopark, shedding light on scientific excavations.
Emphasizing that the Archeopark Project is not a classical landscape design project, Bekir Ödemiş, Head of the Department of Cultural and Natural Heritage at ABB, shared the following information about the rapidly progressing works:
“While our work continues within the scope of the 'Roman Theater and Archeopark Project', which we realized as ABB, very valuable findings were found regarding the past history of Ankara, especially the Roman Period. The archeopark work we do here will turn into a real archaeopark rather than a classical landscape design project. The archaeopark that we are working on in Ankara will become an important archaeopark where historical excavations and scientific excavations with historical finds will continue. The good news is that most of the finds found here today are not found in scientific dissertations. In this way, we will contribute to science. We think it will be a seminal invention for Ankara and Turkey in terms of Anatolian history.”
The body wall of the Roman period was unearthed
Within the scope of the excavations carried out around the cistern, the 'building body wall', which is thought to belong to the Roman Period, was unearthed.
With the discovery of the Roman Period building wall on the east-west axis, it is an archeological work within the scope of the application project. kazanMehmet Emin Sancak, Civil Engineer of the Department of Cultural and Natural Heritage, said, “Our construction work continues on an area of 17 thousand square meters. We continue the Archeopark excavations in company with the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. We found a Roman road and brick vaults here. Strengthening the city wall, viewing terraces, viewing cafe and visitor building continue to be built in this process.”
Archaeologist and Museum Educator Tolga Çelik at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations also spoke as follows:
“Our archeopark work continues with studies on our necessary areas of expertise regarding Ankara in the Roman Period. First, part of the upper part of our vaulted structure was visible. Starting from there, we continue our determinations in the field. Here we struggle to remove both our vaulted structure and our cistern structure. We are continuing our scientific studies to unearth the Roman Period structures for the first time. The artifacts found in the excavation will show how important Ankara was among the provincial capitals in the Roman Period.”