Excavations at Heraion Teikhos nearing completion

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The ancient settlement of Heraion Teikhos, located in the Suleymanpasa district of Turkey’s Thracian province of Tekirdag, has been unearthed in excavations that are about to be completed, developing a new cultural tourism landmark.

Excavations at Heraion Teikhos nearing completion
Archaeological digs at the ancient settlement of Heraion Teikhos 
are close to finishing [Credit: DHA]

Heraion Teikhos — also known as the Suleymanpasa Karaevi tumulus — is shedding light on the 5,000-year-old history of ancient tribes that lived in Thrace, Bulgaria and northern Greece and became assimilated after Alexander the Great conquered the lands. The excavations being conducted at the ancient city have revealed details about these civilizations, providing an important new cultural value to the region. It is estimated that these tribes resided in the area from around 3,000 B.C. until the 13th century A.D.

The head of Namik Kemal University’s department of archaeology, Nese Atik, told the media that the ongoing excavations are the first attempt to investigate the 5,000-year-old Thracian site. “The Thracian tribes lived in a wide expanse stretching over all of present-day Bulgaria, northern Greece, all of western Thrace, and even southern Romania. According to Herodotus, the Thracians were the most populous civilization at the time after the Indians. Now we are uncovering another ancient city for cultural tourism and the acquisition of greater historical knowledge that will help decipher the origins of the Thracian identity. We have dug throughout a 300-square-meter area and no place was empty; there were ruins everywhere we dug.”

Atik also added: “The most fortunate development took place two years ago when the governor of Tekirdag, Ali Yerkikaya, came and saw the enormous possibility for cultural tourism this site had and began to appropriate it. Right now, we’ve come to a very good point. The sequestration process has been moving along very well and within a month or two will be finalized. Additionally, the surroundings of the ancient city will also be transformed, with a permanent guard kept on duty. This area will provide a boost for cultural tourism in the region.”

Source: Todays Zaman [July 30, 2014]

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