History of Research
Liman Tepe was discovered in 1950 by Ekrem Akurgal. Preliminary results were achieved by Guven Bakir, who excavated some trenches in 1979.
Prof.Dr.Hayat Erkanat and his team conducted the first excavations in 1980 and 1981. After and interval of ten years, the second period of excavations started in 1992.
Recently, a port next to the settlement was discovered. It is thought to be the oldest discovered port on Earth which still lies under water in an intact form. Excavations still continue with support from Municipality of Urla, the Ministry of Culture and Ankara University.
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