Turkey, Culture

Roman era toys unearthed in western Turkey

5,000-year-old ancient city of Becin was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List in 2012

Durmus Genc   | 12.10.2020
Roman era toys unearthed in western Turkey

MUGLA, Turkey

Artifacts including toys and coins have been found during excavation in an ancient city in western Turkey.

The findings in the 5,000-year-old ancient city of Becin in Mugla’s Milas district sheds light on the socio-economic and cultural life of the era, Kadir Pektas, head of the excavation project, told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

Kazılarda bulunan oyuncaklar Roma ve Türk dönemine ışık tutuyor

Muğla'nın Milas ilçesinde bulunan Beçin Antik Kenti'ndeki kazılarda ortaya çıkarılan gündelik yaşama ait arkeolojik buluntular, dönemin sosyal, ticari ve kültürel yaşamı hakkında ipucu veriyor. Menteşe Beyliği'ne başkentlik yapan ve UNESCO Dünya Miras Geçici Listesi'ne 2012'de alınan antik kentte, düzenli olarak kazı çalışmaları yürütülüyor. ( Durmuş Genç - Anadolu Ajansı ) 

Toys, rings, bracelets, necklaces and coins belonging to the Hellenistic, Ottoman, Roman, and Byzantine period were found in the ancient city, which was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List in 2012.

“Sculptural toys with particularly dense animal figures, mostly from Roman era, were unearthed during excavations. The objects are an indication of rich and vibrant socio-cultural life of that period,” Pektas said.

The unearthing will continue until the end of the year, he added.

Toys from ancient Roman and Turkish eras unearthed in western Turkey

*Writing by Cagatay Zontur

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