4 new inscriptions unearthed in Cnidus

Four new inscriptions found

In the ancient city of Knidos, by order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkish Historical Society, General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums, Archaeological Department of Selçuk University, Lecturer Prof. DR. Excavations under the direction of Ertekin Doksanaltı continue. During the excavations, four inscriptions were discovered that definitely belonged to the Umayyads who ruled the city of Cnidus between 685 and 711 AD.

It has been established that the names of the tribes who will take part in the Umayyad expedition to Istanbul, the commanders and administrators are written on four marble and limestone inscriptions found during the excavations, where a team of 40 people consisting of geologists, architects, restorers, art historians, biologists, anthropologists and excavators.

Excavation director Prof. DR. Ertekin Doksanaltı said that since 2016, the ancient city of Cnidos has been continuously excavated as part of the 12-month excavation project of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Surprises appeared during the excavations in the ancient city of Knidos, said Prof. DR. Doksanaltı said: “On the first day of Ramadan, Knidos presented us with a beautiful gift. During our archaeological excavations, four new Umayyad inscriptions were unearthed. These inscriptions date from the early period of Islam and represent the largest remains in western Anatolia, were part of two of the three Umayyad expeditions to Istanbul.” Cnidus, which offers much new data from antiquity, has shown its importance in relation to Islamic historiography can be, with its dates that will shed light on the early periods of Islam,” he said.

The four inscriptions, made of marble and limestone, were between 15 centimeters and 1 meter long, Prof. DR said. Ninety-six said the investigation was continuing.

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