New mosaics unearthed in ancient Greek city Hadrianopolis Located in the Black Sea


New mosaics with various figures were unearthed during the ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Hadrianopolis, which is called the “Zeugma of Black Sea”.

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The ancient city of Hadrianopolis. Photo: AA

The ancient city of Hadrianopolis now in Turkey's Black Sea region, estimated to have been used as a settlement area in late Hellenistic, Rome and early Byzantine times it is now located in Eskipazar district of Karabuk province in the north of Turkey.

Because of its mosaics depicting many animals such as horses, elephants, panthers, deer, and griffons.

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Ancient Greek writing can be seen at top of mosaic

The excavations started in 2003 in the Hadrianopolis. The ancient city of Hadrianopolis is believed to have been founded in the 1st century B. C. and was used as a settlement until the 8th century A.D.

The site is also believed to have been used for health care purposes due to the discovery of an inscription addressing Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine, as well as for military purposes due to the finding of an iron mask belonging to a Roman soldier.

Archaeological surface surveys have uncovered 14 public buildings and other structures in the ancient city of Hadrianopolis so far.

Among these public buildings are two baths, two churches, a defense structure, rock tombs, a theater, an arched and domed structure, a monumental cultic niche, walls, a villa, other monumental buildings, and some religious buildings.