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Since 1966 Danish scholars and students from the universities of Aarhus, Southern Denmark and Copenhagen have done archaeological research in the ancient city of Halikarnassos in south-western Asia Minor in cooperation with the Turkish authorities.

The first part of the project (1966-2004) was carried out under the auspices of the University of Aarhus and focused on the excavation and study of the remains of the Maussolleion at Halikarnassos, which is famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The second part of the project started in 1990 under the auspices of the University of Southern Denmark and has been carried out in close cooperation with the Archaeological Museum of Bodrum. In this second phase focus has been on the city of Halikarnassos – temples and monuments, daily life and history of this large city, the capital of Karia. Future work is planned in cooperation between the Universities of Aarhus and Southern Denmark.

On this website, you will find information and updates on the ongoing work of the project, alongside detailed introductions to the topography and individual sites and places in Halikarnassos.


Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology