Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Poles love to fly there on holiday. Archaeologists have made a new discovery

This time, archaeologists discovered a mosaic floor from the 2nd century BC depicting Calliope, the muse of epic poetry.

The discovery was made as a result of ongoing work under a project initiated by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2023. The aim of the project is to protect and restore important historical sites.

The mosaic is located in the area behind the beautiful fountain in Side. Archaeologists finally uncovered a complex work of ancient art along with frescoes showing the artistic richness of that period.

Excavation and restoration works starting in 2023 in the ancient city were initiated to protect Turkey's historical and cultural heritage.

Researching archaeological sites and promoting these riches around the world constantly brings new discoveries. The archaeological team working in the area is extremely proud of this latest discovery.

Announcing the discovery of a unique mosaic floor, it stated:

“It depicts Calliope, the muse of epic poetry who inspired poets, in exquisite detail. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, this floor is an impressive combination of ancient art and mythology. On the walls of the room where the mosaic floor was located, frescoes were also discovered showing the aesthetics and richness artistic works of the period. The mosaic floor provides new information about the history of the ancient city of Side and strengthens the hope that archaeological research in the region will uncover many more secrets.”

This recent discovery increases the archaeological importance of Side. In Greek mythology, Calliope was the oldest of the nine Muses, goddesses who inspired art and science.

It is traditionally associated with epic poetry and is often depicted with a tablet and stylus or scroll.

The Calliope mosaic highlights the artistic skill of the ancient inhabitants and provides new insight into the cultural and historical context of the period.

Side, which did not have a master plan because it was a grade one heritage site, was converted into a grade three urban site in 2013 to meet the needs of residents and prevent illegal development, and a master plan and conservation plan was prepared for this purpose.

As part of the urban planning project prepared by the Manavgat municipality, which involves the demolition of illegal buildings and annexes in Side, the buildings are being reconstructed in accordance with the historical past.

Thanks to such actions of the authorities, there is hope to attract new tourists to Side who visit this place because of its ancient history and monuments.