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Excavations Continue at Istanbul’s Byzantine Castle

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

(Josep Renalias, via Wikimedia Commons)ISTANBUL, TURKEY—Archaeologists and students from Istanbul University unearthed a bronze pestle, tiles, pellets, Venetian glass, perfume bottles, coins, and pipe bowls at Yoros, a Byzantine castle that overlooks the Bosphorus. Foreign coins and the various pipe bowls found at the site offer information about visitors to the strategic location. “We found damage in some parts of the castle. Our architectural team worked on them. Also, a 3D plan of the castle was drawn using lasers,” said Asnu Bilban Yalçin, head of the excavations.