Work resumes in ancient Parion
The teloneion or 'customs house' in Parion, an ancient Greek port city located in the northwestern Turkish province of Çanakkale’s Biga district, is being unearthed this season.
|Excavations at the ancient Greek city of Parion |
[Credit: Tarihi Yapılar]
Work was set to continue in the city’s Roman theater, Roman bath, agora and stores, odeion, southern necropolis and aqueduct.
Keleş said that they would also work in chamber graves that had been discovered in previous seasons.
“Besides excavations, we will focus on restoration and conservations works. Movable archaeological findings will be treated in conservation laboratories. We will also work on the land for the restoration and reinforcement of all structures,” he said.
Keleş said village meetings would be held throughout the excavation season and the “Little Archaeologists” project would also be organized for the third time.
“Also, an academic book on the works carried out in the Roman theater has been finished and is ready for publication,” the professor added.
After detailed research, the location of Parion was confirmed by a classical archaeologist W. Leaf in 1911.
Inscriptions found in Parion in 2014 revealed that the city was the most important colonial city in the region, and perhaps all of Anatolia. They also provided important clues about economic, military and architectural activities in the area, which were supported by theater excavations.
Parion’s odeon, a building for musical events, could hold 200 people, making it one of the biggest in Anatolia.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [August 11, 2016]