Mass Grave Found During Excavations at Haydarpaşa Train Station

The archaeological excavations that started in the station area of ​​Haydarpaşa Railway Station in Kadıköy and left a year behind shed light on history. Excavations within the scope of the 5th century church remains, mass graves, architectural remains and about 6 thousand coins were found.

Haydarpaşa excavation site found the remains of the church this time
Historical archaeological excavations initiated by the Istanbul Archaeological Museum on the historical ruins encountered during the Marmaray excavations in and around Haydarpaşa Railway Station are one year behind. The work started in May 2018 is being continued by 400 workers, 17 archaeologists and 3 museum experts.

In front of the station, platform 1, platform 2, culverts and Ibrahim agha regions in five separate areas of the work carried out within the scope of the findings, “Land of the Blind” called the important city of Khalkedon (Kadikoy) gave important clues. The meticulously excavated excavations have so far yielded numerous architectural structures of Khalkedon, a church that was dated to the 5th century, a monumental tomb of the same period, and nearly 6,000 bronze coins.

Rahmi Asal, the director of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, who gave information about the excavations and the finds uncovered, stated that the works continue on an area of ​​300 thousand square meters and said, ası This is a huge area starting from the back of Haydarpaşa Railway Station and continuing towards Abraham Aga. Kadıköy We are working in the ancient western port of Khalkedon, Kadikoy, there is a continuous architectural activity in the region. Sonuç As a result, a good work has been carried out. The studies are carried out under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Transportation provides the necessary support. Ird We had a good working period. ” he said.

1700 years of history in Haydarpaşa
Stating that they encountered a wall structure in the area where the first excavation started, Asal said, Bize It caused a great excitement for us. We thought that such a big wall would be related to the ancient harbor. Then, it was a building belonging to the Ottoman Period both from the construction style and from the archival researches. However, we have information from the old research, a construction engineer in the construction of the Baghdad Railway, there are some transfers about this issue. Behind us there is a British cemetery. Then there is a result that I tried to reach by thinking about it. I’ll say, but if there is another result in the future, we will share it, ”he said.

Historic Haydarpaşa Train Station is expected to be completed next year


Speaking about the excavations in the Peron region, Asal said, “There is a group of buildings starting from the concrete and stone structures made in the 1960s and going up to the Hellenistic Period. We are not talking about stratification, but cutting and disrupting each other. In general, many of the buildings here are Early Byzantine Periods. However, in the excavation area, we also encountered a different building group, which we estimated during the first excavation, and it is estimated that this structure belongs to the Hellenistic period, that is, a platform dating back to the 4th century BC. Right under the platform, a column cap belonging to the Early Byzantine Period stands under the ground.

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