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July 2003-July 2010InteractiveDig Sagalassos
The survey team at work

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

The Surburban Survey: July 13-19, 2003

This week, the intensive suburban survey started on the hill slopes, mainly wheat fields and grasslands, southeast of Sagalassos. Three teams of four archaeologists each, walking in-line, counted and registered all surface finds. They confirmed the existence of at least one more large structure made of ashlars and fieldstones, with lots of locally produced coarse-ware fragments (including several large storage jars) near the remains of this structure's walls. The use of ashlar, the rather large size of the structure, and the high amount of fine wares, suggest to us that this structure was probably a suburban villa. Some 150 to 200 meters farther south, we identified a second concentration of pottery. In the same area we also found a stone press weight, pointing to the nearby processing of olives. Two similar press weights were located some 750 meters to the west, in the local cemetery, and lower down the slope.

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