30 August Wednesday

Istanbul Mayor Topbaş Inspects Archaeological Excavation Area in Beşiktaş…

Mr. Kadir Topbaş, the mayor of Istanbul made inspections in the area of subway construction in the Istanbul district of Beşiktaş with members of the press. Mayor Topbaş: “About 82.5 percent of excavation works for Line M7 (Kabataş-Mahmutbey Metro Line) is completed and we are planning to open the Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey metro line in the second half of the of 2018. Kabatas-Mecidiyeköy Metro Line (M7) may extend until June, 2019 due to archaeological excavations in Beşiktaş.

Subway construction in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul will start if archaeological excavations in the area are completed by the end of the year, Mayor Kadir Topbaş said on Aug. 29, 2017.

Mayor Topbaş was speaking during a visit to the site of archaeological excavations near the planned site of the Beşiktaş station on the Kabataş-Beşiktaş-Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey subway line. The line will be 24.5 kilometre long with 19 stations, and is expected to go into service in 2018.

Mayor Topbaş, given information about the works by Istanbul Archaeology Museums Director Zeynep Kızıltan, said previous excavations at Yenikapı had revealed a history dating back 8,500 years.

“Now we have started archaeological excavations at the Beşiktaş station on the 24.5-kilometer Kabataş-Mahmutbey subway line. The excavation works started in 2016 in parallel with a proposal from the Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board No. 3 and with the support of Istanbul University, and are being carried out by the Archaeology Museums Directorate. This place was once a field of a subway station. The archaeological diggings cover an area of 800 square meters. There are traces from the 19th century in its layers but when we go deeper we unearth findings from the early Iron Age in 1,200-800 B.C,” the mayor added. 

“Istanbul’s history is being rewritten. The city was previously said to date back 4,000 years but the Yenikapı excavations found traces from 8,500 years ago. This is very important for the city’s history, culture and civilization,” he said.

“In Yenikapı, a project that will turn the station into a ‘museum station’ is currently at the tender phase.

This is very exciting. I believe it will become a significant tourism destination. There are similar ones around the world but ours is the oldest one. That is why it is very important for us,” Topbaş said.

The archaeological works cost the municipality around 10 million Turkish Liras to carry out but the findings are worth it, Topbaş stated.

“We need the museum to continue works non-stop and finish them as soon as possible. Then we can start subway construction here. As long as the works continue, the subway line will be delayed,” he said.

A number of 19th and 20th century remains have been unearthed during the construction of the Kabataş-Beşiktaş-Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey subway line. 

Just like on the banks of the Bayrampaşa Stream in Yenikapı, there was a Neolithic age settlement around the Ihlamur Stream in Beşiktaş and officials believe the finds will fill the “historical gap” between 6,500 and 3,000 B.C. in Istanbul.

The Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board has stated that the findings do not need to be protected in their original place and has ordered their removal after scientific drawings and recordings are completed.

The excavations are expected to provide brand new information to shed light on the history of Istanbul, especially the Bosphorus Strait, which cuts through the city and divides it between two continents: Europe and Asia.

Mayor Topbaş was speaking during a visit to the site of archaeological excavations near the planned site of the Beşiktaş station on the Kabataş-Beşiktaş-Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey subway line. The line will be 24.5 kilometre long with 19 stations, and is expected to go into service in 2018.





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