Archeologists continue work to unearth Uzuncaburc ancient city in S.Turkey
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Archeologists continue work to unearth Uzuncaburc ancient city in S.Turkey

50-person dig team led by senior Turkish archaeologist work to unearth Hellenistic provincial capital, religious center

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Work continues in southern Turkey to unearth the ancient Hellenistic city of Uzuncaburc, the head of the excavations told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

The 50-strong dig team, led by senior archaeologist Umit Aydinoglu, is working on the excavation and restoration of the ancient city which served during the Hellenistic era as a provincial capital and major religious center, now located in the province of Mersin.

Efforts are underway to unearth the ruins' theater, altar, temple, and Hellenistic tower, said Aydinoglu, a faculty member at Mersin University

Highlighting that the ruins of the ancient city are well-preserved, Aydinoglu said he expects a significant surge in number of visitors to come to the city once work is complete.

*Writing by Ahmet Gencturk

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