Archaeology in Turkey

Information about archaeology in Turkey.

Archaeology is the science that studies human cultures through the recovery, documentation, analysis, and interpretation of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, features, biofacts, and landscapes. Although the goals of archaeology vary, the overarching aim is simply to better understand mankind.

The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage that the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Many of these archaeological sites, such as Machu Picchu in Peru and the Pyramid Fields of Egypt, are well-established tourist destinations. It's a good starting point for those seeking out examples of archaeology in Turkey.

Please submit your thoughts on World Heritage sites in Turkey or active archaeology dig sites that can be found in Turkey. If possible, please explain how a traveler can participate in or observe an excavation in progress.

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Peter Sommer

March 9th, 2009

While we don't organise places for travelers on archaeological digs, we do specialise in archaeology in Turkey, that is through expert led small group cultural tours. All our tours are guided by an archaeologist/ancient historian, who shows you around the ancient sites in Turkey. A fair number of them are under excavation or survey when we visit.

If you'd like a taster of the sites you can see, we have a Turkey archaeology video on our website - together with a selection of travel articles that focus on some of the sites, such as one about the great temple of Apollo at Didyma.

We'll be delighted to help if you have any questions about archaeology in Turkey.

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