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July 2003-July 2010InteractiveDig Sagalassos
View of the Domestic Area from the northwest

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

The Domestic Area: July 6-12, 2003

We opened two five-meter-square grids on the east side of the large urban villa, next to the private courtyard bordered on two sides by an arcaded gallery, which we discovered last year. We wanted to establish whether or not there were still more rooms to be found east of this gallery. In fact, we almost immediately discovered remains of a wall with a vaulted passage (or niche). This seems to suggest that there were still more rooms of this enormous villa complex on a lower terrace to the east. For the moment we are still removing topsoil and destruction debris, so we can't give a date for the occupation of these new rooms yet. However, the finds from last year suggested that this part of the original complex had been abandoned during the sixth century A.D.

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