Amorium Ancient City
Archaeological Excavation
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AmorIum
EXCAVATION

Basilica A, also called the Lower City Church, is one of four Christian basilica churches identified so far at Amorium. Basilica A is located on a ridge on the southern outskirts of the modern village of Hisar. Excavations began in 1990, with seasons from 1990-1998, in 2002, and from 2004-2009. Today, the ruined walls of the church complex stand only to 2-3.00 metres high...

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B/ UPPER CITY / BASILICA

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UPPER CITY / INNER WALL

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BYZANTIUM BATH

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A/ LOWER CITY BASILICA

Basilica A, also called the Lower City Church, is one of four Christian basilica churches identified so far at Amorium. Basilica A is located on a ridge on the southern outskirts of the modern village of Hisar. Excavations began in 1990, with seasons from 1990-1998, in 2002, and from 2004-2009. Today, the ruined walls of the church complex stand only to 2-3.00 metres high...

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BB/D LARGE BUILDING

ABOUT
EXCAVATION

Amorium is an ancient city that has experienced uninterrupted residence in Hittite, Phrygia, Greek, Roman, Byzantium, Seljuk and Ottoman periods as of B.C. 2000 and located at the 12 km east of the Emirdağ District and 70 km north east of the Afyonkarahisar and 170 km southwest of Ankara. The city has been evaluated as Upper Town and Lower Town. Upper town walled by the bulwark of Byzantium period of which traces are still visible in the hill town and Lower Town are walled with the wall that covers all of the city.

Since Amorium is one of the cities to prerogative of coining in the region entitled by the Roman Senate, it is an important position in East Phrygia in the early B.C. 1. Another important feature of late Roman city is the fortification wall dated in the Emperor Zenon period (474-491). As of A.D. 640, Amorium became the military headquarters of the Byzantium army in Anatolia and capita city of the Anatolikon Thema. During the Dark Age in Byzantium Period, Amorium served as a powerful castle for protection of Byzantium soils against the Arabian aggressions. Laid siege by the army of Mutasım (833-842) son of Harun Reşid in A.D. 838, set fire by the Emir of Tarsus in A.D. 931, the city has regained its military and strategic importance in A.D. 10 and 11 centuries according to data acquired through excavation. It is known that Amorium held by the Seljuk in A.D. 1116

The first works in Amorium were started by Professor Doctor R. Martin Harrison in 1987 with surface analysis. "Amorium Excavation Project" was maintained by Dr. Chris Lightfoot between 1993 and 2009. Amorium excavation works in 2013 maintained under the Scientific Advisory of Associate Professor Zeliha Demirel Gökalp from Anadolu University and under the Presidency of Afyonkarahisar Museum and approval of Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. As of 2014, excavation works have been maintained by the Anadolu University Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeliha Demirel Gökalp with cabinet decree.

TEAM

PROF.DR. ZELIHA DEMIREL GOKALP

Art HIstorIan

ChIef ExecutIve OffIcer
Anadolu UnIversIty - Faculty of HumanItIes, Department of Art HIstory

 

DR. A. CEREN EREL

Art HIstorIan

Deputy ChIef ExecutIve OffIcer
Hacettepe UnIversIty - Faculty of FIne Arts

 

ASST.PROF. SENER YILDIRIM

Art HIstorIan

MersIn UnIversIty - Faculty of HumanItIes, Department of Art HIstory

 

 

DR. NIKOLAOS TSIVIKIS

Archeologist

Crete, MedIterranean Research InstItute

 

 

INS. HASAN YILMAZYASAR

Art HIstorIan

Anadolu UnIversIty - Faculty of HumanItIes, Department of Art HIstory

 

 

R.A. SELDA UYGUN

Art HIstorIan

Anadolu UnIversIty - Faculty of HumanItIes, Department of Art HIstory

 

 

SEVINC OZEN

Art HIstorIan

Anadolu UnIversIty - Faculty of HumanItIes, Department of Art HIstory

 

 

MEHMET KURT

Art HIstorIan

Anadolu UnIversIty - SocIal ScIences InstItute

 

 

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36th EXCAVATION Results
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dr.adIl ozme

may 2014

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37th EXCAVATION Results
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dr.haydar donmez

may 2015

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38th EXCAVATION Results
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dr.adIl ozme

may 2016

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39th EXCAVATION Results
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dr.adIl ozme

may 2017

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