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The Lower Agora's east side seen from the south

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

The Lower Agora - South: August 24-30, 2003

Toon Putzeys and Ertug Ergürer concentrated on the southernmost row of rooms behind the eastern portico during the last week of excavations. To further investigate this area's architectural organization, the water channel had to be removed after it was thoroughly documented. This channel--slightly convex tiles embedded in mortar, flanked on either side by a row of bricks--was arranged on top of earthquake debris in the Lower Agora's northeast corner and continued south over the ruins of the late Roman to early Byzantine dwelling. We found a destruction layer with building material, rubble, and architectural elements underneath. After the channel's removal, it became possible for us to distinguish two rooms--a room on the north with access to a much larger room through two vaulted doors.

Work continued in room 10, where a burnt layer was present over the whole surface. We partially excavated this layer, revealing bones, ceramics, a statue fragment, and an unusual number of iron nails. We believe this layer may be the result of a wooden floor's destruction by fire.

The Lower Agora teams combined their efforts on the last days to completely clean the square, which has regained much of its original splendor as a result.

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