A human-sized sewer system discovered in the ancient city of Mastaura



NAZİLLİ, AYDIN ​​​​​​(UAV) – A human-sized sewage system has been discovered in the ancient city of Mastaura

AYDIN ​​- IntellectualIn the ancient city of Mastaura in the Nazilli district of Turkey, an 1,800-year-old sewage system has been unearthed.

IntellectualIn Turkey’s Nazilli district, the sewage system believed to have been in place at that time has been detected in the ancient city of Mastaura, which is also home to one of Turkey’s largest coliseums. The size and modern condition of the sewer system built under the ancient city created great excitement. Officials from the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism took the area under investigation and began to investigate the system belonging to this period, which is not even found in many cities today.

After the completion of some of the expropriation works in the ancient city, similar excavations began the previous year. RomeMaking a statement on the 1,800-year-old giant sewage system discovered after the Colosseum in , the provincial director of culture and tourism of Aydın Assoc. Dr. Mehmet Umut Tuncer said that one discovery after another in the ancient city is very valuable scientifically.

The sewage system, which was created with stone walls of a size that a person could easily pass through, was said to be present in many other parts of the city, while it was stated that it was intended to ensure that a person could easily enter the system and intervene since there were frequent blockages during this period.

“Artifacts that have marked the agenda of the archaeological world have been revealed in Mastaura”

Aydın Culture and Tourism Provincial Director Assoc. “As you know, the work we have done here over the past two years has set the agenda for the archaeological community worldwide. We know that the amphitheater, namely the arena structure , which we found at Mastaura, the unique all-round structure of this standing architecture, sets the agenda for archeology and is a source for many scholarly studies and academic papers.” After announcing that the building has just been discovered, a tourist traffic began in regional tourism. Our citizens came here on the weekend to inspect the building. It also made us happy. This work was done by Associate Professor Sedat Akkurnaz from our Adnan Menderes University for about 2 years. Together.” “We have accomplished good works in a short time in 2 years. We have also completed our expropriation works of around 2 million TL. Therefore, we quickly provided the necessary conditions for the region to function as an excavation direction.

“We were amazed by the new invention”

Tuncer continued in his speech: “With the new discovery, the work has actually taken on a new lease of life. We were also surprised by the size of the sewage system, the waste water disposal system and the structure dating back to of about 1,800 years, dating from the second century of our era. behind us. we are facing part of a complex installation. In this sense, it also made a good reference to the performance of the municipality of about 2000 years. Frankly, the fact that the sewage system in those days is still intact and that the facility meets the needs of the city with its size and complex, frankly surprised and delighted us. “We are very satisfied with the works in Mastaura. We believe this is a significant gain for Nazilli for the future, an important value tourist site.”

“The ancient city covers an area of ​​160 acres”

Director Tuncer said the following at the end of his speech; “The ancient city of Mastaura covers an area of ​​160 decares. We have expropriated about 50 decares of it, the first phase of the excavation program. The expropriation is an important process as you know. I think we will present a very important ancient city to Aydın tourism and Turkish tourism very soon. Good luck whatever,” he said.

Adnan Menderes University Research Assistant Head of Excavation Assoc. In his talk about the ancient city and the new invention, Sedat Akkurnaz said: “The ancient city of Mastaura is an ancient city established on the slopes of Aydın Mountains, north of Nazilli. And a stream, which means Cruzeiros, which means Golden Sword Zeus Stream passed through the city. Next to it were the settlement areas of the ancient city. In this ruin today we see the underground sewage system of this city ancient.When we look at the construction technique and materials, its construction started in the first-second century AD, which is the typical period of the Roman Empire, and it was used throughout the ancient period after having been changed over time. sewage system. This sewer system is a system used to drain waste from the city people exiting the city by passing under the streets and avenues of the city. he was tired. It is one of the main exits when seen. There are dozens of them at the edge of this cove like this. The flowing materials that accumulate in the side streets of the city pass through these main exits and are discharged into a purification point where we are currently located. After the sewage expenses were purified here, they were cleaned up a little more and flowed into the stream. and thus, we see one of the important findings in terms of town planning and town planning at Mastaura during the period of the Roman Empire 2,000 – 1,800 years ago. Mastaura is a place that has never been studied before. We have been working for 2 years and discovered the amphitheater, the Roman bath, various water structures as well as the sewage system. and thus Mastaura is one of the most important ancient cities of the Menderes Basin, a hitherto unknown ancient city. In this way, we fully reveal the city and make important contributions to the science of archaeology,” he said.

Finally, Akkurnaz said: “We can only go 20 meters at the entrance to this system. After 20 meters there are bumps in some places. After the bumps, of course, the system continues with the examples that we know elsewhere. It also takes to continue and we see various junction points. “There are canals connected to the main line,” he said.








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