Pieces of limestone and glass, lamps, bronze coins and related objects discovered during the excavations at Izmir's ancient city of Neikaia are being displayed at the Odemis Museum.
A variety of chronological artifacts such as medical substance, coins and ceramic objects found in the Neikaia ancient city in the Odemis region of Izmir are being exhibited at the Odemis Museum.
There have been many chronological objects found at the site of the 2,300 year-old ancient city of Neikaia such as medical materials, coins, architectural and stoneware material. The ancient city is 10 kilometers away from Odemis, among the Turkonu and Kurucuova villages. The ancient city has an significance of being a healthiness center of the time and also being linked to the Ephesus with the name Nikopolis in the sixth century B.C. The findings could not be promoted in the best way before, due to the fact that the city was in a hilly area. Prof. Dr. Veli Sevin, an ancient era historian and archeologist, has written a 96-page book about the ancient city, entitled "Naikaia, a Forgotten Ancient City." The showing being held at the Odemis Museum aims to make the city, which started to be known about through the book, known all around the country.
Artifacts at exhibit
The exhibition is displaying three pieces of marble, nine glass pieces, four kerosene lamps made from baked soil and 16 bowls made from the soil, 1 mirror, a bronze bone medical material and a few bronze coins.
Among the guests attending the opening of the exhibition late last week were archeology department academic Prof. Dr. Serap Yaylali, the manager of the Odemis Yildiz Town Records Museum Prof. Dr. Engin Berber, the manager of the Odemis Museum Sevda Cetin, editorial office manager of the district Mahmut Yeniay, the Director of Education of the district Cevdet Unlu, art historian Prof. Dr. Necla Sevin, Food and Agriculture District Manager of Odemis Ibrahim Altintas and Odemis Culture and Social Projects Manager Ufuk Kiziler.
The manager of the Odemis Museum Sevda Cetin said that they had started the themed exhibitions with the Neikaia Ancient City and that these would maintain in order to commence the other beauties of the city.
The art historian Prof. Dr. Necla Sevin emphasized the importance of Neikaia in history and added, "One of the most important specialties of Neikaia is that it was a health center at that time. There is much evidence of this in the findings. Ancient documents are talking about this area. The richest mercury sources of the world are in this area. These mine pits have been used since the ancient times. The importance of these mines is that they have been used in varied areas.