The journey to the unknown gate of Anatolia: Antandros Open-air Museum
The place known as Antandros Antique City or Antandros Open Air Museum, is an important Troas city located at the top of the Kaletaşi where is 2 km away from Altınoluk Neighborhood of Edremit. The founding of Antandros located in a strategic location controlling the route between Mysia and Troas, dates back to before Battle of Troia, according to some ancient writers.
Although the ancient city is thought to have been established in the 10th century BC, the history of the Assos where is very close to Antandros and dating back to the 2nd century BC, increases the likelihood that Antandros is also a city established in those days.
Henri Kiepert, who made research on the history of Anatolia and the civilizations living in Anatolia, calls attentions to the fact that Antandros acropolis is located on the hill of Kaletaşı whose height is 215 km, and that the city spread along the east.
As a result of the investigations and excavations, it was determined that the ancient city necropolis was located 2 km more west of Yarmataş Hill. Rescue excavations were carried out in the necropolis area between 1989-1996. The excavations started in 2000 under the scientific advisory of Balıkesir Museum Directorate and Ege University Archeology Department, still continue in the region.
In the ongoing excavations, It is understood that it was used between 7th and 2nd century. In the necropolis, it is determined that cremation was used as well as sarcophagus placed as two and three layers by benefiting of slope of the land. The graves found in these excavations made in the necropolis, are exhibited at the Balikesir Museum.
Antandros Open Air Museum is one of the most important open air museums to visit in Turkey. It is an ancient city that every tourist who comes to Turkey should see.