Villa and mosaics of Greek fisherman Phainos discovered in Turkey

Archaeological ruins and mosaics discovered in Turkey’s southwestern city of Muğla have been confirmed to belong to the villa of fisherman Phainos who lived in the 2nd century AD in the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, Diken news site reported on Friday.

A property developer noticed 3-meter deep ruins during a groundbreaking work and called experts three week ago. Bodrum Underwater Archaeological Museum Director Tayfun Selçuk, along with three other experts examined the site and confirmed that the ruins belonged to the villa of Phainos, the most famous fisherman of his time. 

In addition the ruins of the villa and a 20 square meter mosaic, a well, a Roman bath, marble work that were used in luxury residences back then, pottery, perfume bottles, and fishing equipment have also been unearthed.

The mosaic which depicts a fisherman and huge fishes are the greatest discoveries on the site according to experts. Moreover, 10 tombs and human remains have also been discovered. 

“The first findings of Phainos, the most famous fisherman of his time, was first discovered in the ancient city of Halicarnassus in 1890s. More mosaics and villa ruins that had the marks of Phainos were later discovered during the excavations at the city centre,” archaeologist Candan Temizel said. 

“Those findings which have been unearthed should be careful protected. This invaluable world heritage should be shared,” Temizel added.