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The area around the theater surveyed by the geophysicists

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

The Geophysical Survey: July 20-26, 2003

The team from Ljubljana (Slovenia) directed by archaeologist Bozidar Slapzak and geophysicst Branco Music continued their fourth week of the geophysical survey. Other team members are Juréij Soklic, Barbara Horn, Igor Medaric, and Simon Premrl.

Their focus on the area to the west of the Neon Library, and especially to the zones north, east, and immediately south of the theater resulted in the find of the week (see find of the week)! We had assumed that the theater was located at the very edge of the occupied area and that from there onward, the necropolis started (with the potters' quarter at a greater distance). But the geophysical survey produced a completely different picture. First of all, the area to northeast of the theater is composed of a dense pattern of workshops with at least two dozen of kilns or furnaces, recognizable as black dots surrounded by a white circle. A very large rectangular structure can be recognized immediately east of the theater. It is composed of a courtyard with three larger rooms at its northern end and a series of smaller rooms along its southern edge. One is clearly dealing here with a gymnasium composed of a large palaestra with the main teaching rooms, among which the central and larger one must be the ephebeion (classroom for youths). The whole layout is very similar to that of the Hellenistic gymnasium at Miletus. Attached to the southern part of the structure is a kind of half stadium, which might be a running track. This survey will finish on July 27.

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