An­cient road un­cov­ered in Turkey

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

Aroad dat­ing back to 2,000 years ago has been un­earthed dur­ing the ex­ca­va­tions in the an­cient city of Ai­gai in the west­ern prov­ince of Manisa.

The head of the ex­ca­va­tions, Ce­lal Ba­yar Uni­ver­sity Ar­chae­ol­ogy De­part­ment aca­demic Yusuf Sez­gin said Ai­gai is one of 12 cities in west­ern Ana­to­lia. He said that ex­ca­va­tions have been con­tin­u­ing in the city since 2004, re­veal­ing civil and so­cial life in the city.

In the Hel­lenis­tic era af­ter the third cen­tury, the city was an eco­nomic and cul­tural cen­ter of at­trac­tion in the re­gion with the sup­port of the Perga­mum King­dom, said Sez­gin. He said they found the first cen­tury Ro­man­era stone road dur­ing work in nearby Yunt­dağı in the Yunusemre district.

“The road starts from the Aegean coast and was used 2,000 years ago be­tween İzmir and Manisa. When we re­moved the earth, we found a nearly 55-kilo­me­tre road. It is in­ter­est­ing that the road is in good con­di­tion like it was in the past. Our ex­am­i­na­tions have re­vealed that wa­ter canals were con­structed un­der the road against pos­si­ble floods. We have also seen that en­grav­ings had been made on the road to pre­vent horses from slip­ping in the win­ter months,” he said.

“Maybe in the near fu­ture, vis­i­tors will be able to walk on this 2,000 year-old road”.

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