Hatay’s museum new archaeology almost complete

The new museum covers an area of 50,000 square-meter with 11,700 square-meter display area. Mosaics have an area of 5,000 square-meter. DHA photos29/04/2014 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The construction of a new archaeology museum has been continuing since June 2011 in the southern province of Antakya. The Antakya Archaeology Museum will have the world’s largest mosaic display area. As works are set to finish in the coming months, most of the artwork from the former museum has been moved into the new one.  The museum, which covers an area of 50,000 m2, has 11,700 m2 display area and 5,000 m2 of it belongs to mosaics. The changes from 45,000 B.C. up until now will be on display in the museum. The museum is also home to the likes of Üçağız cave, Tell Tayinat and Aççana mounds. During a recent visit to the completed parts of the museum, a 1.5-meter-long statue of King Suppiluliuma, which had been found during excavations headed by Professor Timothy Harrison, drew great interest from guests. The king ruled Tell Tayinat in the 9th century B.C. and carries a spear and a spike in his hand. ..




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