Antandros Ancient City Balikesir
History of Antandros Ancient CityThe city was built by the Pelasgians and it was of military strategic importance because of the Adramyttion - Assos road thoughtto have been established in 10th century BC. The city became a settlement area in 2,000 BC and the ancient geographic writer Strabo stated that the Leleg clan from Bababurnu (Lekton) settled on Mount Ida and that the first ever beauty contest took place here between Hera, Athena and Aphrodite with Paris acting as a judge.
The actual region was first settled by Mysians, with the Aeolis from
Architectural Finds and RuinsThe Anatolian researcher Henri Kiepert stated in his book that the Antandros acropolis was between Altinoluk and Avcilar on a hill known as Yarmataş 215km above sea level and that the city expanded towards the east. The necropolis is 2km west of the hill and was unearthed during digs carried out by Dr. Gürcan Polat from the Archaeology Department of the Aegean University from 1989-1996 and excavations still continue there today. A three storey sarcophagi was found along with evidence of cremation style entombment and these are on display at the Balikesir Museum. Excavations have also brought to light mosaics from the Roman era, a fancy house with frescoes on the walls and mosaic furnishings on the floors that date from the 1st century BC.
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