Turkish archaeologists in northwestern Turkey unearthed a 2,200-year-old lion statue of the Hellenistic period in the ancient city of Assos, head of the excavation team said. Nurettin Arslan, a professor who also heads the archeology department at Onsekiz Mart University in Çanakkale, told Anadolu Agency that the excavations in Assos, one of the most important port cities of antique age, started with a team of 25 people in July, adding that the seasonal works will end next month. The sculpture of lion was discovered in excavations of a complex which used to be an inn during that period, he said. Excavations were also carried in agoras, or ancient city centers of Byzantine structures, added Arslan. A 1,500-year-old stone oven dating back to Eastern Roman (Byzantine) period was also unveiled during the excavations in the area. He noted that the well-preserved stove illuminates the daily life of the Byzantine era. Turkish archeologists have been carrying out uninterrupted excavation work in the ancient city since 1981, after the American researchers began their work in the area in the 1800s.