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1,500-year-old Byzantine port discovered

July 25, 2006
"We've found things that shed important light on the history of Istanbul,"
- Ismail Karamut, head of the archaeological project

Istanbul, Turkey - Engineers uncovered these ruins of an ancient Byzantine port during drilling for a huge underground rail tunnel.

Like Romans, Athenians and residents of other great historic cities, the people of Istanbul can hardly put a shovel in the ground without digging up something important.

But the ancient port uncovered last November in the Yenikapi neighborhood is of a different scale: It has grown into the largest archaeological dig in Istanbul's history, and the port's extent is only now being revealed.

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