28 May 2021
Altintepe Castle, one of the most important cities of the Urartians, which is located on the Historical Silk Road in Erzincan and converted into an open-air museum known as an archeopark, is counting the days to open to visitors.
Altıntepe Castle, one of the important centers of the Eastern Roman Empire, is located on a 60-meter-high hill in Üzümlü district, 14 kilometers northeast of Erzincan city center. The castle and its surroundings, where hundreds of historical artifacts dating back to 850-590 BC were found during the excavations carried out during the Urartu period, and the first excavation was carried out by Ankara University faculty member Prof. Dr. It was chaired by Tahsin Özgüç. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Atatürk University, in 2003, Prof. Dr. The excavations carried out by Mehmet Karaosmanoğlu in the castle were completed in 2019.
During the excavations carried out, many important information and historical artifacts belonging to the Urartian period in the Eastern Anatolia Region, some of which are single examples, were obtained. The 2900-year-old castle, one of the most important cities of the Urartians in Anatolia to date, was restored with the project prepared after these excavations and turned into an open-air museum with walkways. The archeology in the castle, which is expected to attract the attention of history enthusiasts, will be opened to visitors after the completion of the project.
The Urartu structures unearthed in the castle have no examples in Anatolia Province Culture and Tourism Director Arda Heb explained that they are approaching the end of the project they are carrying out to bring the castle into tourism, which has been restored within the scope of the archeopark project in and around the castle and which will allow tourists to walk around. Stating that the historical artifacts and information unearthed in the excavations in the castle were evaluated in many academic articles and books, Heb continued his words as follows:
“The buildings of the Urartu Period of 850-590 BC unearthed in the excavations made important contributions to Anatolian archeology and were considered as the only examples of the culture they represent. In the apadana, the warehouse building just outside the inner walls and the open-air temple placed on the terrace opening to the south slope of the hill and three stone-built tombs underground were unearthed. It is because the high adobe walls of its walls collapsed and covered the stone foundations.”
The excavations in the castle were completed last year, Arda Heb stated that the excavations in the region were completed and said: “Following the first excavation, the second period excavations carried out since 2003 by a team under the direction of Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaosmanoğlu on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Atatürk University Faculty of Literature Archeology Department. The Altıntepe Archeopark Project, which was prepared by the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2018, was presented to the Eastern Anatolia Project (DAP) Regional Development Administration and to provide financial support by the DAP Administration. the ayes have it.”
Noting that most of the archeopark transformation project in and around the castle has been completed, Heb said, “After the walking paths and viewing terraces that have been completed, we continue to work on building cafeterias here and creating areas where we can host our guests. We want to bring this place to tourism as soon as possible.”
Archeopark studies in the region were also viewed with a drone.