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July 2003-July 2010InteractiveDig Sagalassos
The Roman baths, seen from the Upper Agora, with the two new trenches.

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

The Roman Baths: July 6-12, 2003

In this complex, we opened two excavation areas:

  • One is a northward extension of a spacious room we discovered last year. This room had at least one large rounded niche in its southern wall, located to the north of the partially excavated frigidarium. Richly decorated parts of a wall entablature, marble wall veneer, and statue fragments, all exposed in 2002, suggest that this was a very important space within the complex. After removing the topsoil, we started to excavate the destruction layer, which is several meters thick.

  • The second excavation in this complex is an eastward extension of the late Roman apodyterium, discovered here last year. The western extremity must have contained a monumental entrance composed of doorposts in cipollino marble (marble from Karystos on the island of Euboia in Greece). This first week we've already removed more than one meter of debris, including large sections of the original vault in Roman concrete.

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