Restoration to start at ancient Anavarza


Archaeological excavations are continuing in the ancient city of Anavarza (Anazarbus). The Roman-era ancient city, located close to the Dilekkaya village in the southern province of Adana, is currently hosting a team of 50 people under the scientific consultancy of Çukurova University academic Fatih Gülşen.

Restoration to start at ancient Anavarza
Anazarbus West Gate [Credit: WikiCommons]

Gülşen said the excavations had been ongoing for two months so far.

“Works in the 250 meter part of the columned street is about to finish. The street is 2,700 meters long and 35 meters wide. We will start the restitution of 500 pieces that have fallen from the monumental entrance gate over time, and three broken columns have been unearthed with their pedestals so far. This work will start next month,” he said.

Gülşen added that Anavarza was one of the largest ancient cities in the world at its time.

“It covers an area of 1,143 square meters. It has a castle, victory gate, an amphitheater, a temple, bath and king graves as well as aqueducts and a stadium.  It is therefore one of the largest ancient cities in the world in terms of its footprint and characteristics.  When all the artifacts underground are unearthed, Anavarza will become a significant culture and art center,” he said.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [February 05, 2015]