Sagalassos People

Ali Sak, working at the archaeological site of Düzen Tepe. During the year Ali works his fields. That way he knows these lands as no other, which is very beneficial when excavating a site which is as difficult to read as Classical/Hellenistic Düzen Tepe. The special connection with their native soil rich in archaeology workers like Ali have, makes them very proud.
Emperor Justinian (AD 527-565) characterized early Byzantine Pisidia as a landscape dotted with villages. Indeed, the classical town of Sagalassos saw many gradual changes in this period, revealing different attitudes towards its urban heritage. When the local community re-organized itself in the southern parts of the town after an early seventh century AD earthquake, it is fair to consider this community as a village. At least between the tenth and the early thirteenth centuries AD, its inhabitants were buried some distance from the fortified part of the village (i.e. to the south of the ruins of the Temple of Apollo Klarios).
Mithat Altınay, professional stone carver, in action. Mithat is finishing the balustrade of the Antonine Nymphaeum, as part of the monument’s anastylosis programme.
The excavations along the south façade of the Roman Baths necessitated the removal of the structural collapse caused by the early seventh century ad earthquake. Architectural blocks of sometimes several tons need to be carefully and safely removed. To make such Herculean efforts worthwhile, these collapse layers turned out to conceal substantial remains of the original building phase of the local baths. The imperial Roman Baths, built between c. ad 120 and 161, were apparently preceded by a smaller bath building built around the start of our era.
Veiled dancer, focused intensively on her performance. Together with thirteen other dancers a local rows dance is put on display on the relief decorated orthostats surrounding the podium of the Northwest Heroon on three sides. The monument was erected in Augustan times to commemorate a leading citizen of the local community.
The sketching of the remains of the larger than life statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) found at the Roman baths (120-161 AD). The head and both arms were found stored behind the legs, which were still standing on the plinth. All these parts were in white marble. The torso was originally made from gilded bronze, but was not preserved. It was smashed up in pieces and molten in the smelting furnaces found in several locations in Frigidarium 1. Two lime kilns were also constructed, in which most marble parts of the other imperial statues from this gallery were burned into slaked lime.
Imperator Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus (AD 117-138). Hadrian was the first Roman emperor to be depicted with beard, possibly another instance of his love for all things Greek. He symbolizes the Roman Empire at its strongest. Hadrian was a pragmatic ruler, who avoided war whenever possible and focused on improving the internal workings of the empire. He travelled widely through the provinces to understand matters in their context. Possibly on occasion of one his journeys along the south coast of Asia Minor, he received an embassy of the city of Sagalassos, and he granted the polis the right and privilege to organize the imperial cult, as the main city of the league of Pisidian towns.