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July 2003-July 2010InteractiveDig Sagalassos
An architrave is put back into its original position in the Antonine nymphaeum.

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

Restoration & Conservation: August 17-23, 2003

Semih Ercan and the restoration team started with the temporary anastylosis of the Antonine nymphaeum. Most of the restored columns and column bases were put back into their original position, though this proved more difficult than we'd assumed it would be. There was a lot of trial and error, but in the meantime several of the architraves could be returned to their positions as well.

The columns consist of brownish breccia, green veined limestone, bluish-white kaplan postu marble from Dokimeion, and a bluish-white breccia of regional provenance. As two columns made of this last material were weathered too much, new ones need to be carved. A suitable stone was found a few kilometers west of Sagalassos, and trials have started to extract suitable blocks.

Paola Pesaresi's on-site conservation team almost finished the walls of the large urban mansion in the Domestic Area and have partially moved on to the Roman Baths. In the former, two arches in private courtyard XXV's eastern arcade have been preserved in their precarious position (see August 10-16). The archivolts of the Trajanic street fountain have been reassembled, along with a copy of the fountain's keystone. The arch will be rebuilt next week.

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