(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists discovered a sewerage system believed to be 1,800 years old during excavations at the ancient city of Mastaura in the western province of Aydın in the Nazilli region.
Experts have been working at the site, located in a narrow valley 3 kilometers north of Nazilli, for the past two years.
“The size of the structure is amazing. A person can easily walk through the system that spreads throughout the ancient city. It appears to be an early example of urban infrastructure,” said Umut Tunser, provincial director of culture.
The ancient city covers an area of about 160,000 square meters.
In ancient times, a river flowed through Mastauru and people settled on both sides of the waterway, says Sedat Akkurnaz, a member of the Department of Archeology at Adnan Menderes University, who is leading the excavations at the site.
“What we see here is a sewer system laid underground. The engineering technique and materials used in the construction suggest that construction work began around 200 BC, and the sewer system was used throughout the ancient period in the era of the Roman Empire,” Akkurnaz explained.
“We can only go about 20 meters into the sewers because there are rockslides inside the structure blocking the way.”
Significant discoveries have been made at the ancient site over the past two years that have interested archaeologists around the world, Tunser said.
Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered an ancient structure on the territory of Mastaura, similar to the world-famous Colosseum amphitheater in Rome.
According to experts, this structure is unique in Turkey due to the fact that it is completely round.
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