Nov 26 2017

Ancient Roman mosaics discovered in southwest Turkey

An ancient Roman gymnasium was discovered in Central Anatolia after experts noticed ancient mosaics while reviewing a Konya province local's building permit application, Daily Sabah reported.

The land owner, Adem Kalender, applied to the museums directorate in Sarayönü, Konya for the permit. The region is home to the ancient Roman city of Laodicea, Daily Sabah said.

After the initial findings, site was closed to public and further excavations were announced.

"Excavations have revealed that there had been an ancient gymnasium here," the village headman of Ladik neighbourhood, Mustafa Arabacı, was quoted by Ihlas News Agency as saying.

Work on the site is expected to be complete by the spring of 2018, and then the site will be open to the public for visit, Arabacı said.

Laodicea is on the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Daily Sabah wrote, and the restoration of the ancient city was awarded by the European Union Cultural Heritage Jury.