Archaeology Lost History Unveiled by Oil Pipeline Project

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  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Five hundred historical artifacts from the Roman Era have been unveiled during excavations in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. Archaeologists and academics intervened immediately when they learnt of the archeological discoveries and the route of the pipeline has been changed.

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Crude Oil Pipeline Project has uncovered lost history. Seventeen excavations, 10 of them planned and seven of them by chance, have been made in the route of the BTC pipeline. A total of 550 artifacts, primarily human and animal remains from the Roman Era and tools from the Iron Age, have been found during the diggings. The arts will be exhibited by BOTAS, the state-owned Turkish pipeline monopoly, in the context of the agreement signed between BOTAS and the Culture and Nature Museum Administration. The project has been its first to respect the cultural heritage and international standards. The 76 km corridor from Ardahan to Adana has been examined in terms of historical and archaeological context with the contribution of Culture Ministry, the BTC Project Directorship and Gazi University.

    A total of 17 excavations between March-November 2003 have been completed. 20 academics, 150 archaeologists, 15 anthropologists, 10 restorers, five experts in geophysics and geology and about 1,000 employees worked on the digging operations using international scientific standards. The preparation stage of the scientific results prepared by Gazi University archaeological Environment Values Research Center (ARCED) is still continuing. Their findings will be presented to the scientific community and the public later this year.