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Aqueduct that once carried water to Ephesus unearthed

An ancient aqueduct and a water channel estimated to be at least 2,000 years old have been discovered at a construction site in the western Turkish province of Aydın’s Kuşadası district.

Aqueduct that once carried water to Ephesus unearthed
Researchers from Aydın Archaeology Museum continue a field study to identify a newly discovered
aqueduct in the Kuşadası district of Aydın, western Turkey [Credit: DHA]

The aqueduct and other findings came to light during a drilling work carried out before the foundation excavation of a construction company. Upon the discovery, officials conducted an examination in the area.

“This is a water channel and aqueduct. It is a structure that we estimate has a 43-kilometre line and once carried water to the ancient city of Ephesus,” Aydın Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Umut Tuncer said.

Stressing that the excavations are continuing in the protected area, Tuncer said that the historical building and water channel unearthed were partially intact. “Our efforts to determine the start and end point of the water channel are ongoing,” Tuncer added.

Emphasizing that Ephesus was a metropolis in the first century BC, Abdülbari Yıldız, the director of Aydın Archaeology Museum, said that the ancient city met its water needs from Kuşadası with a water canal of approximately 43 kilometres.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [May 27, 2021]

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