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The excavations of the southeast corner of the Lower Agora as seen from the Hadrianic nymphaeum
The plaster-covered back wall of room 11 with the bench in front of it

Photos courtesy Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. Click on images to enlarge.
by Marc Waelkens

Lower Agora: July 11-15, 2004

In the southeast area of the Lower Agora, near the southwest corner of the Roman Baths, we removed more of the earthquake debris. The debris originated from the Baths complex above the street that separated the baths from the square's East Portico. In this process, we found many fragments of the Baths' marble wall veneer, a few pottery sherds dating to the Late Roman to Early-Byzantine period, some fragments of window glass (also from the Roman Baths), and a few glass mosaic tiles which must have covered parts of the ceiling. Besides these small finds, most of which belonged to the interior of the huge structure, we also exposed large architectural fragments belonging to the Baths' facade. Among them were two large limestone consoles which constitute two of many other similar examples unearthed in the same area during previous years. These consoles must have belonged to the upper part of the building's west facade.

[image] One of the consoles belonging to the upper part of the Baths' west facade

In the southern extremity of the East Portico along the Lower Agora, we unearthed the remains of a fairly large room (room nr. 11) that was most probably a (work)shop. This construction dates to the Early-Byzantine era (sixth-seventh century A.D.) and was made of mortared rubble and spolia from older buildings. The back eastern wall of this room was still partly covered with plaster, which was treated by the conservation team. Against it a kind of bench runs all along the total width of the room. The destruction layer in this room contained two stone-cut parts of a water channel among other things, which may have fallen from the bath complex. They are similar to other gutters found this week inside this structure (see Roman Baths, July 11-15).

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