Ahmet Acar / Antalya, July 31 () – Excavation works at Patara Ancient Site, the capital of Lycian Union have given start to summer term digs, in Kaş district of Turkey’s southern resort province of Antalya.
This year’s team, consisting of 20 scientists, 20 archaeology students and 20 workers, continue their excavations to dure for 2.5 months at two main zones: the Bazilika and Acropol.
This years’ excavation works have been led by Professor Şevket Aktaş, from the Akdeniz University Archeology Department, who has taken over the position of Professor Havva İşkan Işık.
Şevket Aktaş, head of the excavation team referred to the ongoing works after 27 years, and said “We aim at contributing to Turkey archaeology and world of science, with these artefacts”.
The history of ancient site of Patara dates back to the early Bronze age, and the city had been the capital of Lycian Union until the end of the Byzantium. The first democratic parliament of the world and one of the most important ancient lighthouses in the world are situated in Patara.