Can you help us support the archaeology of ancient Ariassos and surrounding Pisidia?
The Roman Arch at Ariassos was built with some 1,000 stones – if we raise £30 for each stone we can do it. We’re hoping to raise £30,000 for BIAA work in this region of southwestern Turkey.
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The Ariassos Arch is a dramatic gateway to the ancient region of Pisidia, framed by the Taurus Mountains north of Turkey’s Pamphylian plain. Built by the Romans in the third century AD, it opens on to the city of Ariassos, where Roman baths and the ruins of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine streets remain. The region is thick with forests where the sun breaks through to light hidden ruins – such as the Roman sarcophagi at Sia. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Seljuk Turks and Ottomans were among those who crossed its river Eurymedon (Koprüçay), and the Persian king Xerxes and Hannibal of Carthage fought battles there.
Pisidian archaeology is part of Turkey’s rich cultural heritage, its identity and the history it shares with Europe and Asia. BIAA scholars have already worked at Pisidian sites such as Adada, Ariassos, Cremna, Kaynarkale, Melli, Pednelissos, Sagalassos, Selge and Termessos. But protecting the sites needs international support. If they can be interpreted, cared for and loved locally, they can be protected locally as well. Cultural heritage work started in 2013 when the BIAA unfolded its sustainable development plan for Pisidia, and its next phase is to involve local inhabitants, schools and international visitors in a long-term programme to keep the sites alive.
BIAA archaeologists have worked in Pisidia for more than 30 years. But some Pisidian sites still suffer neglect or illicit looting. We have already completed a plan to support the ancient city of Aspendos in neighbouring Pamphylia, known for its spectacular theatre, and we hope to continue working with Turkish archaeologists to sustain Pisidian sites. BIAA projects will explain the significance of sites to international visitors, involve local communities in nurturing and protecting them, and do so in the best way to protect the region’s ecology.
For more details of projects and site photos see www.culturalheritageturkey.com
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