New inscription found in Antalya's Aspendos

New inscription found in Antalya's Aspendos

EDİRNE – Anadolu Agency
New inscription found in Antalyas Aspendos

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

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 stores 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 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.

Ancient city of Aspendos

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