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A wooden support was constructed for rebuilding the Trajanic street fountain's arch in the Lower Agora.

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

Restoration & Conservation: August 24-30, 2003

Last week Paola Pesaresi's team completed conservation of the arches along the east side of the Domestic Area's private courtyard XXV. The brick piers still supporting them will be conserved next year. They repaired the broken stone in the Roman Baths (see August 10-16) and replaced the blocks above it. The team also put a wooden support in the Trajanic street fountain in the Lower Agora and began closing the arch with the original blocks.

Semih Ercan's team continued placing columns, capitals, and pieces of entablature in the Upper Agora's Antonine nymphaeum. Its impressive character became visible when the scaffolding in front of the building was removed at the end of the week. Unfortunately, our efforts to extract sufficiently large breccia blocks at Basköy (see August 17-23) to complete some of the central columns failed, as the natural bedrock was cracked. Next year, we'll have to look for a similar material of better quality elsewhere in Turkey.

One of the most tricky operations--bringing the Antalya Museum's crane down from the Upper Agora and loading it on a truck--was also performed successfully.

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