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Excavation begins near the Upper Agora's northeast gate.

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

The Upper Agora: August 3-9, 2003

During the second half of the week, the team from the Antoninus Pius sanctuary moved to the Upper Agora, where they continued excavation of a series of late Roman and early Byzantine (work)shops started in 2002 (see introduction). Built against the square's northeast gate, these shops consist of a row of arched spaces in the back and possibly of a continuous portico in the front. They occupied the space between the street along the Hellenistic market building in the northeast corner of the Upper Agora and a colonnaded street to the south and parallel to the other one. Thus far, only the topsoil was removed farther east, while Paola Pesaresi's conservation team consolidated the structure's back wall made of ashlar and mortared rubble sections, which were in a bad condition (see Restoration and Conservation, August 3-9).

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