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Arrows indicate where we plan to excavate the Hadrianic Nymphaeum this season
Another view of the area we will investige

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

Hadrianic Nymphaeum: Introduction

As part of the general refurbishment of the Lower Agora toward the beginning of the second century A.D., another nymphaeum with an ornamented facade that is more than 20 m long and two stories high, was built on a terrace immediately above and behind the Trajanic one. Only a street leading to the Apollo Klarios sanctuary separated the two nymphaea. This second fountain was built in the second half of the reign of emperor Hadrian (A.D. 128-138), possibly during one of the emperors' voyages through Asia Minor.

In 2003, we excavated the eastern section of the nymphaeum over a length of about 9 m. The overall length of the fountain was estimated at about 21.3 m. We unearthed part of the nymphaeum's back wall, the basin, and the steps leading to the fountain. Inside the basin, we discovered many sculptural fragments belonging to two giant statues (one a female personification), a satyr, Poseidon and Aphrodite, and a few other not yet identified statues were discovered.

Some of the sculpture found last year

The works scheduled for 2004 include the following:

  1. The continuation of the removing of the collapsed building blocks of the monument after careful architectural registration of the original position of the fallen blocks.

  2. The continuation of the excavation of the collapsed part of the building and mainly the basin.

  3. The study of the road and the general area in front of and on both sides of the Hadrianic nymphaeum.
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