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Eric Risser (left), Stefano Volta (right), and Andrea Boschi (center, larger image) make a mold of the Trajanic street fountain keystone.

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

Restoration & Conservation: July 27-August 2, 2003

As far as restoration activities are concerned, the reconstruction team at the Antonine Nymphaeum continued restoring the structure's columns and column bases. We checked the position of the entablature above the fourth arch from the west of the building's back wall. On the new platform we reassembled the architrave and frieze blocks of the easternmost aedicula above the plastic sheets indicating their position in the structure. Paola Pesaresi's team continued its efforts, mainly in the Domestic Area, pointing and capping all standing walls. Another boost was given by the arrival of the Italian team of Gionata Rizzi, who supervises all conservation efforts. It included Stefano Volta, Andrea Bosschi, Matteo Chiandussi (Italy) and Nathan Fash (USA). During the first half of the week they treated some of the fifth-to-sixth-century frescoes in the cathedral of St. Michael, which was built in what had been the Bouleuterion's courtyard. During the second half of the week, they started to produce (together with Eric Risser) molds of the reliefs showing men on the central keystone of the Trajanic street fountain, as well as of reliefs of the gods Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, Hermes, and Herakles, which decorated the terrace wall around it (see Lower Agora introduction). Next year, after cocooning one year inside their molds, the copies will be placed back into their original position.

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