26 January 2022 The Future is the Product of the Past

The 1800-year iron mask unearthed in Turkey is proof of the first military base of the Roman period in the Western Black Sea Region

An iron face mask used by a skilled member of the Roman cavalry 1,800 years ago has been discovered in the ancient city of Hadrianopolis in northern central Turkey.

The Ancient City of Hadrianaupolis, which is estimated to have been established in the 1st century BC and used for settlement until the 8th century AD, is located in the Eskipazar district of Karabük.

Excavations continue in the 5,500-year-old Hadrianaupolis Ancient City, known as the “Zeugma of the Black Sea“. New artifacts were unearthed in the ongoing excavations under the chairmanship of Karabuk University Archeology Department lecturer associate professor Ersin Çelikbaş.

Head of Excavation Assoc. Dr. Ersin Çelikbaş said that the 1800-year-old iron mask unearthed during the excavations revealed the presence of a military base of the Roman Empire in the inner parts of the Western Black Sea Region.

An iron face mask (pictured) that would have been worn by an accomplished member of the Roman cavalry some 1,800 years ago has been unearthed in northern central Turkey
An iron face mask (pictured) that would have been worn by an accomplished member of the Roman cavalry some 1,800 years ago has been unearthed in northern central Turkey. Photo: AA, Ahmet Özler

Speaking to the reporters on the subject, Head of Excavation Assoc. Dr. Ersin Çelikbaş stated that they have been continuing the excavations in 2021 for 6 months, ‘We guess from the fortification wall in the building that this is a military structure. An iron mask was uncovered during excavations here,’ he said.

‘The history of the inner regions of the Western Black Sea Region has not been fully elucidated yet. We continue to illuminate the history of the region with our studies,’ Dr. Ersin Çelikbaş continued.

Archaeologists from nearby Karabuk University said the discovery reflects the influence of the Roman Empire in the region during the early 3rd century AD.
Archaeologists from nearby Karabuk University said the discovery reflects the influence of the Roman Empire in the region during the early 3rd century AD. Photo: İHA

‘During our excavations, we reached important data showing the existence of the Roman Empire in the region.’

Noting that the artifacts they found during the excavations also revealed new discoveries, Çelikbaş said, “The military presence of the novel was unknown in this inner geography of the Western Black Sea Region. With these studies we have done, it is most likely that the Roman Empire established a military base here. The biggest reason for establishing a military base here is to obtain a frontal defense area that will prevent all kinds of dangers from the east and the Black Sea. Therefore, we can say that Hadrianaupolis is one of the important defense cities of Rome.

Since 2003, archaeologists have excavated the site, uncovering 14 buildings including two baths, two churches, a theatre, rock tombs, a monumental niche, a mansion, and the square, walled edifice where the cavalry mask was discovered.

Excavations continue in the ancient city.

Banner
Related Post

The First Native Americans were Among the First Metal Miners in the World

20 March 2021

20 March 2021

An arrowhead made of pure copper 8,500 years ago dates the history of the copper age to an earlier period,...

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will launch “The Painters of Pompeii” on June 26

23 June 2021

23 June 2021

A number of collection highlights will travel to North America for the first time as part of the exhibition The...

Turkey Adds New Sites to UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

30 April 2021

30 April 2021

Two additional cultural objects have been added to Turkey’s World Heritage Tentative List, bringing the total number of cultural assets...

The University of Aberdeen is to Return a Benin Bronze

5 April 2021

5 April 2021

Since Nigeria gained independence in 1960, Nigeria has been calling for the return of stolen Benin bronzes (including brass reliefs,...

Researchers sequenced the DNA 1,600-year-old sheep mummy from an ancient Iranian salt mine, Chehrabad

16 July 2021

16 July 2021

A multinational team of geneticists and archaeologists sequenced the DNA from a 1,600-year-old sheep mummy discovered from Chehrabad, a salt...

Hima, a rock art site in Saudi Arabia, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List

24 July 2021

24 July 2021

The rock art site Hima in Najran has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, becoming the sixth registered...

8,200-year-old lacquerware found in China

9 July 2021

9 July 2021

Archaeologists in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province have identified two items of lacquerware at the Jingtoushan ruins, the oldest ever found...

The Hittites Celebrated The Arrival of Spring With The Purilli Feast

23 March 2021

23 March 2021

Man is a being that lives in touch with nature. Spring is a season in which abundance gives many meanings...

‘Dinosaur dance floor’ dating back 80 million years found in China

20 April 2021

20 April 2021

In China, researchers have found many dinosaur footprints in an area of 1,600 square meters described in the literature as...

The 1,000-year-old Church found under a cornfield in Germany

2 July 2021

2 July 2021

The foundation walls of the large church of the rediscovered Royal Palace of Helfta in Eisleben in the German state...

When the waters receded, the mounds of Pulur Sakyol and Yeniköy, bearing the traces of Kura-Aras Culture, came to light

8 December 2021

8 December 2021

The important cultural areas of Pulur Sakyol and Yeniköy mounds, which bear the traces of Kura-Aras Culture, represented by kurgans...

Fingerprints Found on Orkney Pottery Belong to Young Men

14 June 2021

14 June 2021

Details of the two young guys whose fingerprints were discovered on a fragment of a clay pot dating back over...

In Cyprus, an important early Christian site has been discovered

12 September 2021

12 September 2021

An important Christian settlement was discovered with mosaics bearing clear inscriptions in Greek during the excavations carried out by the...

The oldest meerschaum artifact found in Anatolia; of Çavlum Seal

18 July 2021

18 July 2021

The stamp seal unearthed during the rescue excavations of Çavlum Village on the Eskişehir Alpu Plain is the oldest meerschaum...

Earliest Modern Human Genome Identified

7 April 2021

7 April 2021

The fossilized skull of a woman in the Czech Republic provided the oldest modern human genome to date, which has...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *