Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to be ‘restituted’


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The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, also known as the tomb of King Mausolus, located in the western Turkish province of Muğla (Bodrum district) and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is set to be restituted along with works to open the way from Bodrum Harbour to the tomb have been initiated.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to be 'restituted'
The ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus [Credit: FollowingHadrian/WikiCommons]

The renowned Danish archaeologist Professor Poul Pedersen and his assistant Professor John Lund have arrived in Bodrum to initiate the works for the restitution project.

The Mediterranean Countries Academy Foundation, which was established in 1993 and headed by Özay Kartal, started working on revealing projects that will shed light on the district’s 5,000-year-old history.

In a recent meeting held at the foundation, Pederson and Lund, who work for the University of Southern Denmark, spoke about Halicarnassus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Among the audiences were Kartal, professional tour guide Semih Adıyaman, underwater archaeologist and Associate Professor Harun Özdaş, architect Dilek Ertem, businessman İbrahim Atalay, photographer Oğuz Hamza and Bodrum Municipality official Filiz Uygun.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to be 'restituted'
Colossal statues of a man and woman, traditionnally identified as Mausolos and his wife. Parian marble, 
ca. 350 BC. From the north side of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Now in the British Museum 
[Credit: Jastrow/WikiCommons]

Pederson said he would provide his 50-year expertise and scientific support to all works that will be carried out by the foundation for the discovery of artefacts underground and the revival of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

As part of the projects, the eight-meter-long ancient city walls encircling Bodrum and a 3,500-year-old hippodrome will also be unearthed.

Other projects include restoring a Jewish cemetery and a church, organizing the International Heredotus Culture and Arts Festival, illuminating the Myndos Gate, finding the foundation of Heredotus Institute of History, and gathering all ancient artefacts in the peninsula at the Mycenae Civilization Open Air Museum.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus to be 'restituted'
Reconstruction of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus [Credit: © Dorling Kindersley RF/Thinkstock]

“There are many locals in Bodrum who don’t know that Heredotus was born in Bodrum and that the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This is why our priority is to restitute this mausoleum and open a way from the port to this place. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting Bodrum return to their countries without seeing it. We, as the foundation, will organize the International Mausolus Workshop in May to provide information about Bodrum’s history with the participation of academics, historians and archaeologists. This workshop will be a very important step leading to the restitution project of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus,” Kartal said.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [January 12, 2017]




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