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One of the pillars exposed in the Roman Baths
The largest block ever lifted so far at Sagalassos

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

The Roman Baths: July 13-19, 2003

We continued excavations in both areas in the northeastern part of the huge Roman Baths this week. In the western area we removed more than a meter of debris from the collapsed vaults, but so far we have yet to expose any new wall sections. The eastern excavation section includes a large semicircular brick niche in the south wall facing a room. In this section we unearthed two new ashlar piers. An architectural survey of the eastern part of the complex indicated that the frigidarium may have been limited to a central room with an east-west orientation of which the ceiling was supported by four huge ashlar piers, measuring roughly three meters on each side. They may have surrounded a large pool (piscina) in the central part of the room. We also now know that this frigidarium was flanked by two symmetrically arranged rooms, each with a north-south orientation and a vaulted ceiling supported by two rows of three smaller (ca. 2 by 1.40 m.) ashlar piers. The latter were made of huge limestone blocks. We had to remove one of them: it was the largest stone ever lifted by a crane at Sagalassos, weighing more than eight tons!

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