New inscription found in the ancient city of Aspendos

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An inscription has been discovered in the ancient city of Aspendos in the southern Turkish province of Antalya, according to the head of excavations in the ancient city, Hacettepe University Archaeology Department Professor Veli Köse.

New inscription found in the ancient city of Aspendos
The inscription refers to the erection of a sculpture [Credit: AA]

Speaking at the 38th International Excavation, Research and Archeometry Symposium organized by the Trakya University in the northwestern province of Edirne, Köse said excavations had been continuing in the ancient city in two fields.

Excavations are continuing on two-story stoas and a basilica in the area. “We worked in the southwestern part of the field and made some findings there. Also, we found a significant inscription which dates back to 235-270. The inscription (in Greek) relates the erection of a sculpture. The reason why we worked on the basilica was to examine its architecture. During the excavations there, we discovered the sculpture of Aspendos. It is almost in human size. We’re calling it Apollon right now, but we will know for sure after we find its head.”

Works are being conducted within the scope of the field of sustainable development and the land management plan, Köse said, while also thanking the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums for its support.

The ancient city of Aspendos was first established in the 10th century BC in what is today Antalya’s Serik district. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity, the Aspoendos Ancient Theatre, which has seating for 7,000 people.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [May 28, 2016]

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