Ruins of Aphrodite Temple found in Urla

A team of Turkish scientists and archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2,500-year-old Aphrodite Temple in the Urla-Çeşme peninsula in Turkey’s west.

Surface survey studies are continuing in the Urla, Çeşme, and Seferihisar districts of İzmir under the direction of Elif Koparal, associate professor at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Some 35 prehistoric settlements, 16 of which belong to the Late Neolithic period, have been discovered during the studies on an area of approximately 1,600 square kilometers, bearing traces of the Ionian civilization.

Around 460 settlements and landscape elements, including sacred areas, tumuli, paths, terraces, villages and farms used in ancient times, have been found in the region. Information about the economic and social relations of the people living in the region, whose history dates back to 6,000 B.C., was also obtained during the research.

Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Koparal said that the surveys in the area started in 2006. Stating that it is known that the peninsula is a Neolithic period settlement, Koparal said that thanks to this study, an important social and economic network emerged in the whole region.

Explaining that in the findings they obtained, they noticed that people settled at a certain distance from each other at that time, Koparal said, “During our surveys, we found the Temple of Aphrodite belonging to the fifth century B.C.”

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