Archaeological Findings

Archaeological excavations that were carried out on Yenikapı Excavation area enabled the examination of tens of thousands archaeological artifacts dating back to different periods starting from Ottoman and Byzantine periods until prehistoric ages by bringing them to daylight. The diversity of the artifacts that were found made it possible to evaluate Istanbul’s history which creates its identity by knowing different sides of it. Details about Daily life, technology, religious beliefs, economy and trade belonging to these periods, can be better understood as researches proceed.
Pot, jug, wooden and stone tools from Neolithic and Iron Age, types of vessels like skyphos, oinokhoe and aryballos dating back to the Classical Period, vessels with black lining, coins from Rome, Byzantine Periods, fragrance bottles and amphoras, glass mug and goblets from Late Rome and Byzantine with terra-cotta soil vessels, wooden and ivory artifacts, leather sandals with Ottoman ceramics and tiles dated the layers they were found in. Whilst/while some artifacts provide information about nautical technology, some artifacts enabled association between modern-day and technology of the period. Artifacts belonging to the belief culture reflected religious emotions of the period to modern-day. Findings like soil terracotta tablet with ship owners’ names and their ethnicity written on them, stone and iron anchors, reel, rope from the shipwrecks and an amphora body with a ship description engraved on dating to 10th century provides information about nautical history and ship types of the period. Also BC 5th -3rd century Samos amphoras and BC 4th century Thasos and Khisos amphoras found on the west side of the Harbor are important for showing Harbor’s commercial activities.