World Bulletin/News Desk
A historic structure was discovered during the demolition of Beşiktaş's İnönü Stadium but was seriously damaged by the heavy duty construction machines, the Radikal daily reported on Wednesday.
Addressing the issue, the İstanbul Archaeology Museum authorities said: “The demolition must stop immediately because demolishing historical artifacts is against the law and is a crime. The demolition should not have been started in the first place because it was known that there would be historical ruins as the stadium is located in a historical neighborhood in Beşiktaş.”
Authorities also noted: “During the demolition of the stadium, historical artifacts have been discovered and we had commissioned an archaeologist to do an examination in the construction area. The archaeologist released a report and it was proven that there were ruins of a historical structure but yesterday we received phone notification about the ruins and when we went to the site, we saw all the historical structures had already been demolished by the heavy duty construction machines. We took the pictures of the demolished area.”
Museum authorities also said: “Demolishing the historical ruins is a crime and for that reason, with the recent development we have sent our report regarding this issue to the Cultural and Natural Assets Conservation Board and to the Excavations Department of the Ministry of Culture and we are expecting a decision from the Cultural and Natural Assets Conservation Board to stop the demolition in the stadium.”
Furthermore, according to a report by the Cultural Heritage and Museums General Directorate in 2012, it was known that there were ancient ruins under the stadium. The report also revealed that there were also six-meter-high and three-meter-wide tunnels under the stadium.
Museum authorities said: “ They have demolished one of the tunnels which was mentioned in the report of the Cultural Heritage and Museum General Directorate and the Cultural and Natural Assets Conservation Board will decide whether this demolished piece is a historical ruin or not. If they decided to stop ongoing construction at the stadium, archaeological excavations will be started.”Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2013, 13:29