SHORT HISTORY OF THE EXCAVATIONS
1987
First excavations were done at the south part of Belkıs Hill, by the Gaziantep Museum: In the grave chamber which was carved in to rock, many small statuse were found left behind by the grave thievs. And were all carried to the Gaziantep Museum these statues made from lime stone is exhibited in Belkıs Hall in Gaziantep Museum
1992
Dionysos and Ariadne's wedding mosaic was brought to daylight by the Gaziantep Museum.It was first located by smuggles many years ago but later then fell into disagrement in the group and finding got heard of by Gaziantep Museum and they offically stepped in.
1993
When the Birecik Dam Project became a current issue.Gaziantep Museum speed up the excavations without waiting for other smuggling cases. They expanded the excavations arround the Roman Villa and started to save what was left over from the illegal excavations that had been going on since 1955.
1994
The first international parthcipation in the excavations was from the West Australian University.When they reached a Roman Villa in Kelekağzı region they found out that part of the floor mosaic was taken by thieus.The numbers on the remaining part is used as evidance and the missing part is located in Houston/USA
1995
The Roman Baths and Gymnasium complex, which is how ander water, has dug by Gaziantep Museum. This excavation has brought to daylightthat the city Belkıs/Zeugma was not bordered by the current Belkıs Village. It 800 mt. spreed out towards the east.
1996 - 1999
Excavations has been done with Dr.Catherine Abadi Rynal by Gaziantep Museum. This time the town of Belkıs was cosedered as a whole. In the Kelekağzı Region the residantial layers and sewer system, arround Halme Greek, Byzantine and Roman homes and sewer system laid by block stones, in Bahçedere the Olive oil workshop was found. To locate the graves in the Necropol electro-geophysics studies has been done as much as the landscape allowed.1998-1999 Kelekağzı region excavations have shown how big the illegal excavation had been.Sone senior locals tell how the many mosaics had been cut into smaller pieces andloaded on Camels to be smuggled Syria. In 60'es and 70'es there is one specific mosaic that has a woman pictured and it was saved from the theires just barely. It is done such a way that from whaterer angle you view the woman her eyes look streight at you. This mosaic is now in Gaziantep Museum. Apart from the Mosaics, found in Zeugma, what proves Belkıs/Zeugma to be a very important city is the seal prints. There are about 65 fhousand of them found.
2000
The excavations have been increased by the support received from the Gouvernor of Gaziantep Mr.Muammer GÜLER, the consotium of Birecik Dam, Birecik Dam A.Ş.. During this 3 month period most of two Roman Villas were brought to daylight. These were dining rooms pools with pillards (Atrium), living room, storage room and Latrine in fire of these rooms there were floor mosaics reflecting different myths.

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