Un­earthed items shed light on an­cient city of Euro­mos

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

A NUM­BER of items un­cov­ered dur­ing ex­ca­va­tions in the an­cient city of Euro­mos in the Mi­las district of south­west­ern Turkey’s Muğla are be­ing re­stored by a team of ex­perts, work­ing un­der the di­rec­tion of pro­fes­sor Abuzer Kızıl of Muğla Sıtkı Koç­man Univer­sity.

The re­cently dis­cov­ered ar­ti­facts in­clude tile works, ves­sels and grave mark­ings, caus­ing ex­cite­ment among the team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists work­ing at the site.

Euro­mos is a draw with vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in dis­cov­er­ing the area’s his­tor­i­cal rich­ness and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. The Tem­ple of Zeus, one of the best­p­re­served tem­ples in Ana­to­lia, as well as an an­cient theater, agora and necrop­o­lis, mean the area is ever-abuzz with vis­i­tors from across Turkey and be­yond.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists reg­u­larly clean and re­store ar­ti­facts and pieces at a lab­o­ra­tory, based at the lo­cal ex­ca­va­tion house.

In an in­ter­view with Anadolu Agency (AA), Kızıl said the team was work­ing on the tile works, thought to com­pose part of the graves un­earthed in the necrop­o­lis area. He added that they were at­tempt­ing to piece the items to­gether to recre­ate the orig­i­nal tombs. “The finds could be dated across a pe­riod stretch­ing from an­cient to Byzan­tine times,” he said.

He also pointed out that the ex­ca­va­tion team also un­cov­ered some unique ves­sels and graves. “Lab­o­ra­tory stud­ies con­sti­tute a ma­jor part of the work be­ing con­ducted at the site,” he said.

“The ar­ti­facts we are cur­rently work­ing on in­clude Ro­man and Byzan­ti­neera tile tombs. Ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments like ter­ra­cotta, which we think are in­ter­est­ing for this re­gion, are ex­tremely sig­nif­i­cant. We are eval­u­at­ing them. In fact, all kinds of ar­ti­facts di­rectly re­lated to the city’s his­tory are be­ing re­stored, with a lot of at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

Kızıl said his team was work­ing to reerect the Tem­ple of Zeus, nearly 90% of whose ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments have sur­vived to date.


An aerial view of the Tem­ple of Zeus at the an­cient city of Euro­mos, Muğla, south­west­ern Turkey, Sept. 22, 2020.

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