Ancient road uncovered in Turkey
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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