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'Music chamber' found in ancient city of Issos

A music chamber has been discovered in a 5,000 year-old ancient city in Turkey's eastern province of Hatay’s Erzin neighborhood. It is thought that the chamber, which dates back to the Roman era and which was built with rare “odeon-style” architecture, was once used for treatment.

'Music chamber' found in ancient city of Issos
The battle between the Macedonian king Alexander the Great and the Persian king 
Darius is thought to have taken place near Issos [Credit: Hurriyet]
Excavations have been continuing for eight years in the ancient city of Issos (Epiphane), which was a significant settlement in 545 B.C. The battle between the Macedonian king Alexander the Great and the Persian king Darius took place in this region.

Issos is mentioned in history books as a trade city and was a multicultural city where the late Hittite, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires all settled.

A 20-person excavation team, headed by the Hatay Museum archaeologist Omer Celik, unearthed some parts of a Roman road in the ancient city this year, revealing that shops at the time were reached through the northeast of the road. Excavations in this area revealed Odean architecture, as well as the music chamber that was discovered. Officials think sick people were treated in this chamber.

In addition, excavations in a hill unearthed an amphitheatre from the Roman era. The seats of the ancient theatre have been so far revealed and currently works are focusing on the theatre stage.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [September 23, 2014]

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