Myndos Excavations

A somewhat vague and chronically-challenged item from Hurriyet … excerpts:

The ancient city Myndos has been unearthed in on Tavşan (Rabbit) Island in the district of Bodrum. The excavations, which lasted for four years finally revealed some important artifacts and monuments. As a result of the excavations, the King’s Road, churches from the Christian era and storage houses have been revealed.

Archaeologists also found stone tablets that had Myndos written on them. The Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus’ thousand-year-old temples were also uncovered. The excavations also revealed tombs that date back to the early years of Christianity.

The excavations were conducted by Professor Mustafa Şahin of Uludağ University’s archaeology department. The island is close to the shore, and tourists can walk through 50 to 70 meters of shallow water to reach the island.

A temple of Roman Emperor Traianus, who lived between 53 and 117 A.D., was among the discoveries.

The ancient city has been taken under protection. The excavation work is expected to end within two years, and an archaeopark will be opened on Rabbit Island.

In case you were wondering about the rabbits:

As part of a project titled “Rabbits and history will live,” Rabbit Island also got its rabbits back. The fauna and the environmental conditions of the island are suitable for rabbits. In the past there were many rabbits, and with this new project rabbits have been returned to the island. As part of the project, five rabbits have been placed on the island.

… and even more interesting

“The island, which took its name from rabbits and has a 2,500-year history, lost its rabbits because of the excavations. The rabbits that had been sent to Bodrum have been brought back again,” Gümüşlük Mayor Tire said. […]

That said, it seems odd that they don’t mention a theatre, which was found a couple of summers ago (and which I don’t seem to have mentioned at rogueclassicism because the report was so brief: Ancient theatre discovered in Turkey’s Bodrum)


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