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The Hadrian and Antoninus Pius sanctuary seen from the Upper Agora. The excavation team is starting a test sounding to the west of the temple.

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

Sanctuary of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius: August 1-5, 2004

Last year, a fortified medieval settlement (eighth-ninth to tenth-eleventh centuries) was partially exposed inside the sanctuary dedicated to Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. At the same time, two encroachment phases could be identified inside the northern portico of the shrine's courtyard, one pre-dating and one most probably following an earthquake around A.D. 500, which most probably caused the temple itself to collapse (see Field Notes 2003, Antoninus Pius Sanctuary). In order to further document these three phases and their character, during the last afternoon of last week Peter Talloen's team moved from the supposed gymnasium east of the theater to an area to the west of Hadrian's and Antoninus Pius' temple, inside the shrine's courtyard, where a number of late walls full of spolia were visible at the surface.

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