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The late Roman portico west of the Hadrianic Nymphaeum

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

Hadrianic Nymphaeum: August 15-19, 2004

During this last week of excavation, the Lower Agora team focused on the portico built perpendicular against the Odeion's facade immediately west of the Hadrianic Nymphaeum (see Hadrianic Nymphaeum, August 8-12). More earthquake destruction debris was taken away there, eventually exposing the mortared-rubble portico's back wall, which was exposed over a length of more than 4 m, running north to south at the far end of the excavation zone, parallel with the nymphaeum's west wing. This probably late Roman portico, bordering the small esplanade in front of the nymphaeum toward the west, must have measured ca. 5 by 5 m or more (part of this building still remains under the earth). The room's floor, one step above that of the esplanade in front of the nymphaeum, was composed of limestone slabs. Inside, the construction the debris layer contained lots of wall plaster fragments (some smaller sections were still attached to the back wall) decorated with all kinds of colorful designs, among others of fruit. Unfortunately, besides this plaster, the layer excavated inside the room contained only a few small finds, such as some animal bones and potsherds of the sixth-seventh centuries together with a bronze coin dated to the reign of Arcadius (A.D. 395-401) and a stone sling shot. Remarkably, in the southwest corner of this room, a game board was discovered carved on a reversed pedestal, next to which we found two stone seats made of reused architectural elements. Finally, lying on top of the floor inside the room, pieces of an arm of a life-sized statue were uncovered, probably belonging to a sculpture that was standing in the nearby nymphaeum.

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