The Most Important Archaeological Sites in Turkey

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Aphrodisias | © Dguendel / WikiCommons
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19 September 2017

There are 28 archaeological sites in Turkey that demonstrate the existence of the world’s earliest civilizations. From the Neolithic Age to the Roman Empire, here is a look at some of the most important archaeological sites in Turkey that continue to fascinate humankind.


During the construction of the Marmaray Metro in 2004, archaeological remains were found in Istanbul’s Yenikapı district, and one of the world’s largest archaeological digs took place from 2004 until 2013. Excavations unearthed more than 35,000 objects and 36 ships dating from the 7th to the 11th centuries, connected mainly to Constantinople’s Theodosian Harbor, built during the reign of Byzantine emperor Theodosius I.

Yenikapı, Istanbul, Turkey

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