2,600-year-old ancient city of Perinthos to be revealed in NW Turkey

TEKİRDAĞ, Turkey (AA): Excavations have started in the ancient city of Perinthos, which dates back to 600 B.C., in northwestern Tekirdağ province’s Marmaraereğlisi district.

In the works initiated by professor Zeynep Koçel Erdem on behalf of Mimar Sinan University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of Archaeology, experts from different fields are working alongside archaeologists at the site. The excavations are expected to continue for 12 months.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Erdem said experts believe Perinthos was established by colonialists from Samos island.

Noting that the aim of these excavations is to reveal the history of the ancient city, she continued: “Perinthos was the capital of the Roman province of Thrace. It was the favorite city of the emperors of the period.”

Stating that the acropolis in the ancient city remains intact, Erdem said that they have launched works in this section.

“The acropolis is a large area and features public structures. The location of the theater can be seen clearly here. The theater building is a very interesting structure worth exploring.”

An aerial view from the ancient city of Perinthos, Tekirdağ, northwestern Turkey, August 20, 2021. (AA Photo)

Archaeologists and experts work in the ancient city of Perinthos, Tekirdağ, northwestern Turkey, August 20, 2021. (AA Photo)

Erdem explained that students and faculty members of Mimar Sinan University will continue the excavations.

“Due to the pandemic, we started working with a team of 15 people at first. Soon, we will increase the number and carry out excavations in different areas of the city,” she said.

The excavation team plans to create a route starting from the basilica and reaching the acropolis. After the project is complete, signs will be placed along the road to inform visitors.

Ahmet Hacıoğlu, the provincial director of culture and tourism, stated that the historical city in Marmaraereğlisi resembles an open-air museum and that the traces of many civilizations can be observed here.

Pointing out the importance of the excavations in the ancient city for the historical and cultural tourism of Tekirdağ, Hacıoğlu said: “The most important pillar of the historical and cultural tourism in Tekirdağ will be created with the excavations in the ancient city of Perinthos. From now on, local and foreign tourists who use Tekirdağ’s roads in transit will first visit Perinthos and then the places that host other historical and cultural tourism elements.”

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