ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- While Turkish land is enriched by the historical sites of 206 ancient amphitheaters, most of which are left from Roman and Byzantine times, they are being mistreated by poor and haphazard restoration methods.
The ancient amphitheater of Antiphellos in Kas, a small tourist town near Antalya, is an example which has drawn the greatest reaction, as concrete was reportedly poured into the ground of this precious antiquity. It is not yet clear which authority permitted restoration workers to pour concrete into the ground and, thus, damage the theater. No comments have yet been made by the
Telmessos, the ancient town that was the first residential area in Fethiye, is another one of these antique treasures that has been severely mishandled. The restoration, which began in
The Taraf daily reported on Monday that the
Experts have expressed alarm, saying that a board of scholars should be set up so that they are able to supervise and inspect the restoration being carried out at the country's ancient sites. According to them, the inspections that they receive are carried out after the restorations are done and these inspections are carried out by unqualified people, a fact which results in more botched restorations. The protection boards of these ancient sites should be autonomous and out of the reach of political pressure. According to experts in the field, the Cultural Sites Protection Board, affiliated with the
(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN
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